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IFC Investment Facilitates New Health Clinic in Rural Tunisia


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Riham Mustafa
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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 communities.

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.

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