The Indian government, the Mizoram government, and the World Bank have signed a $32 million Mizoram Health Systems Strengthening Project to improve management, capacity and quality of health services in the northeastern state. This will benefit the under-served areas and vulnerable groups. A Quality Assurance programme would enable quality certification of health facilities will be its hallmark. To ensure accountability the agreement provides for a performance based financial framework. Clinical skills and competencies of staff at all levels will also be upgraded .
A key focus will be to build synergies with the Centre’s Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (PMJAY) thereby preventing out of pocket expenditure for health by poor families . All this will augment the capacity of the state insurance agency. World Bank will heavily invest in infection prevention and control for a more resilient response to future outbreaks and emergencies. This substantial investment in healthcare infrastructure in underserved areas of Himalayas will offer opportunities for pharmaceutical manufacturing along with preventive healthcare practitioners like Ayurved and Yoga. Mizoram could potentially emerge as a frontier for pharma export to the neighbouring South East Asia.