Here are a few highlights from development results.
The China Tuberculosis Control Project was the largest tuberculosis control project funded by the World Bank in the world, covering 668 million people in 16 provinces. It registered and treated close to 1.6 million new patients. More than 1.5 million of these patients completed treatment (94.2%) and nearly 1.5 million patients were cured (93.8%).
The Renewable Energy and Rural Electricity Access Project (REAP) helped the Government of Mongolia complete its National 100,000 Solar Ger Electrification Program, which provided over half a million nomadic herders with access to electricity through portable solar home systems.
In Lao PDR, the Bank and IFC supported the Rural Electrification Project with investments, policy assistance and capacity building to help the country’s power utility extend the electricity grid to rural households, which account for almost 70% of the total population, and promote off-grid renewable energy throughout the country. Access to electricity increased to 80% from only 15% of households in 1995.
In Vietnam, over 2.7 million people in some of the poorest parts of the country gained access to electricity as 555,327 households were connected to the national grid through the Second Rural Energy Project.
Water Supply and Sanitation
A series of Bank interventions in the Philippines implemented by the Manila Water Company, Inc., have contributed to a dramatic increase in 24-hour water supply from 26% in 1997 to 99% in 2009. The number of people served with safe drinking water doubled from 3.1 million in 1997 to 6.1 million in 2009; mortality rates due to sickness from exposure to sewage contamination reduced by 20%.
The Rural Education and Development (READ) Project has helped set up classroom libraries in all 383 primary schools in rural Mongolia, which until 2006 had almost no books. The project also helped put 200 new titles of children's books on the local market, delivered more than 676,000 books to classrooms and essentially turned students in grades 1-5 into regular readers and book authors.
Under the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Project, over 1,300 km of Papua New Guinea’s national roads were maintained and restored. Along with other road maintenance and rehabilitation work of national and provincial roads and bridges, these upgrades have improved access to markets and suppliers, and families have experienced better access to education and health facilities.
Information and Communications Technology
Over the last seven years, more than two million people in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands gained access to mobile phones thanks to an increase in provider options facilitated by the World Bank. In countries like Vanuatu, eight in 10 people now have a mobile phone connection (a 70% increase from 2007), and call prices have dropped substantially.
Eight years since a devastating tsunami struck the provinces of Aceh and Nias in Indonesia, the Multi-Donor Fund, which pooled a total of $655 million in grants from 15 donors, closed in December 2012. The Fund, managed by the Bank, achieved the reconstruction or rehabilitation of some 20,000 houses, over 3,000 km of village roads, nearly 10,000 local infrastructure projects, over 1,200 public buildings, and five national and international ports. Lessons from this program are contributing to the Haiyan Recovery and Reconstruction Plan in the Philippines.