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To ensure safe motherhood and proper childcare, the government has undertaken a massive project amounting to Tk 2377 crore.
Around 16 lakh poor families of 443 union parishads under 42 upazilas in seven districts–Gaibandha, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Jamalpur, Mymensingh and Sherpur will benefit from the endeavour.
The project money will be spent for health checkup of poor expecting mothers and their neonates. The scheme also aims to creating awareness among new mothers about nutrition for newborns.
Under the project, pregnant women will get Tk 200 to Tk 500 as health allowance and 0-24-month-old children will get Tk 500 to Tk 700.
However, 25-60-month-old children will get Tk 1500 as health and nutrition allowance.
Under the supervision of Local Government Division, the project has been sent to the planning commission for its seal of approval, a senior official of the planning ministry told Bangladesh Post on Monday.
The project cost has been estimated at Tk 2340 crore. Of the total amount, some 37.80 crore will come from World Bank and the rest of the money will be spent from the government exchequer. The project will be completed by 2020.
It will be sent to the executive committee of national economic council (ECNEC) for its nod after scrutiny under the Project Scrutinising Committee of the planning ministry.
The official said the World Bank will provide the fund through its IDA project. The International Development Association (IDA) is the part of the World Bank that helps the world’s poorest countries.

Mohammad Zakaria