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17 million USD to improve healthcare in Comoros

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17 million USD to improve healthcare in Comoros

Hospital reconstruction financed by the OPEC Fund

The OPEC Fund for International Development has allocated a 17 million USD loan to co-finance the reconstruction of El-Maarouf Hospital in Comoros, the country’s largest medical facility established in 1954.

Situated in Moroni, the largest city in the Comoros archipelago, the new hospital will feature specialized healthcare services and provide advanced clinical, diagnostic, and ancillary services. The OPEC Fund collaborates with funding for the project alongside the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), the World Bank, the Trade and Development Bank (TDB), and the government of the Comoros.

Abdulhamid Alkhalifa, the Director-General of the OPEC Fund, states: « We are pleased to expand our cooperation with the Comoros. The new state-of-the-art hospital will enable citizens to benefit from modern healthcare services without traveling abroad. We hope the new hospital will improve citizens’ health and strengthen the local economy. »

Many people in the Comoros currently have to seek better Healthcare abroad due to the limited availability of services in the country. Once operational, the new hospital is expected to address 90 % of medical issues requiring travel. Additionally, this infrastructure will serve as a center for medical and public health training, enhancing the skills and expertise of healthcare workers.

The OPEC Fund currently supports approximately ten projects in the Union of the Comoros, primarily focusing on the health sector through regional and national grants.

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