World Bank to fund health projects

Health care might become a major plank of the World Bank's list of projects. This year, the Bank will lend at least US $60 million for "micro-nutrient projects" in various countries to combat vitamin a, iodine and iron deficiencies. The biggest project, to be funded along with un agencies, is a Chinese salt iodisation programme to cost us $27 million. In Mali, the Bank is financing the world's first trial of a new method of iodising water.