Beja, Tunisia, May 20, 2013—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, has helped a leading private healthcare
provider in Tunisia to open a new clinic, as part of efforts to expand
healthcare provision in rural areas and increase access for lower income
Amen Sante’s modern 102-bed facility, inaugurated in the presence of Tunisian
Minister of Health Abdellatif Mekki, will serve the northwestern
town of Beja and will help increase access to healthcare for poorer sections
of society, both by strengthening healthcare infrastructure and via private
provision to publicly funded patients.
“This project will increase access to high quality healthcare where the
need is greatest, in less developed parts of the country,” said Hakim
Ben Yedder, Chairman of Amen Sante.
An IFC equity investment of $8 million, in June 2011, contributed to the
expansion and renovation of Amen Sante’s healthcare network, which already
includes several modern clinics in different regions and a planned private
hospital in Tunis.
“Providing affordable healthcare in underserved regions, in concert with
the public sector, not only benefits local quality of life but also creates
jobs and boosts growth,” said Mouayed Makhlouf, IFC Regional Director
for the Middle East and North Africa.
As well as encouraging the private sector to help provide basic services
and infrastructure in Tunisia, IFC has worked hard to restore investor
confidence in the country by investing over $100 million since January
2011. IFC also provides expert advisory support to promote an investment
climate that supports private sector growth, sound corporate governance,
access to finance for micro and small businesses, and youth employability.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group is the largest global development
institution focused exclusively on the private sector. We help developing
countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment, mobilizing
capital in international financial markets, and providing advisory services
to businesses and governments. In FY12, our investments reached an all-time
high of more than $20 billion, leveraging the power of the private sector
to create jobs, spark innovation, and tackle the world’s most pressing
development challenges. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.