Tender documents for the second family health project in Punjab are to be issued by the end of the year. The cost of the project is estimated to be $82 million. It is being co-financed by the International Development Association (IDA – $48 million), the UK’s Overseas Development Agency and Germany’s Kreditanstalt fuer Wiederaufbau.

The first part of the project aims to strengthen the existing health services infrastructure in Punjab. This includes the purchase of vehicles, instruments and equipment and the provision of technical assistance. Tender documents for the estimated Rs 164 million ($5.4 million) supply of 109 vehicles are under evaluation by the World Bank.

In the second part of the project 30 district health centres will be built throughout the province. A provincial health development centre will also be established in Lahore. The construction work will be put out to local tender within the next three months. In-service training will be provided at each centre.