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World Bank Lending in the Health Sector (1968-2009)


The Art Program’s Capacity Project exhibit on the World Bank Lending in the Health Sector was created in collaboration with the World Bank’s Information Solution Group’s Library and Archives of Development (ISGLA). The Library and Archives of Development contributed to the creation of the exhibit by providing the information for the timeline of the World Bank’s involvement in health and the photographs from its extensive collection of development information.

Displayed in the Preston Lounge of the World Bank’s Main Complex during fall 2009, the panels focused on the Bank's loans for health-related projects between 1968 and 2009. The nine panels were curated by ISGLA’s Barbara Murek and designed by the Particia Hord Graphik Design. They are now displayed in the World Bank Group Archives Reading Room.

World Bank’s Lending in the Health Sector

The ultimate objective of the World Bank’s work in health, nutrition and population is to improve the health conditions of the people in client countries, particularly the poor and the vulnerable within the context of its overall strategy for poverty alleviation. The World Bank began its work in the health sector by focusing on population. It then moved to include both nutrition and health lending.

Today, in addition to the World Bank, new multilateral organizations, initiatives, and foundation have assumed a prominent role in financing health, nutrition and population, among them the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Bilateral aid has also increased substantially. Much of this new funding is earmarked for combating priority diseases such HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and some vaccine-preventable diseases; but also for health systems strengthening at the country level, for maternal and child health, for nutrition, and for population priorities.

Online exhibit "World Bank Lending in the Health Sector"

Online exhibit "World Bank Lending in the Health Sector" (Text Only)

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