Regional: Piloting Community e-Centers for Better Health

Sovereign Project | 41078-012 Status: Closed

Summary

The goals of the proposed TA are to improve health and wellbeing of life in poor rural communities, and bridge the digital divide between urban and rural communities. The objectives are to (i) introduce information and communications technology in rural communities, and (ii) improve access to health information and quality health services.

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Project Name Piloting Community e-Centers for Better Health
Project Number 41078-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Health - Health sector development and reform

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The goals of the proposed TA are to improve health and wellbeing of life in poor rural communities, and bridge the digital divide between urban and rural communities. The objectives are to (i) introduce information and communications technology in rural communities, and (ii) improve access to health information and quality health services.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact The impact of the TA is improved health in rural communities.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome The outcome is improved quality and utilization of health staff and village health workers, and increased use of Information and Communications Technology services.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs The TA will (i) develop e-center networks with Information and Communciations Technology (ICT) access and facilities in two rural provinces, (ii) develop practical health information and skills training for rural health staff and communities through e-health services, (iii) build local capacity in ICT use and sustainable operation of e-centers in rural communities, and (iv) monitor and evaluate activities and outcome. The TA will be implemented in 16 district hospitals and health centers in the pilot provinces of Savannakhet and Xieng Khouang. The 16 sites will be determined in collaboration with National Science Technology Authority (NSTA) and Ministry of Health using criteria of internet connectivity, physical access, and amount of maintenance support required from NSTA.
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location 16 district hospitals and health centers in the pilot provinces of Savannakhet and Xieng Khouang
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services An information and communications technology (ICT) services firm will be contracted to provide the international information technology specialist and team leader, national ICT training specialist, national information technology specialist, and national health education specialist. The firm will design, set up, and maintain the networks as well as provide ICT training. A national health education specialist will be a member of the information technology firm to assist in developing health education material for the website, and to liaise with the health promotion content production team. ADB will engage the ICT firm using the consultant qualifications selection method. The TA will support the contracting of a firm for health promotion content production. Due to the specialized nature of the production and to build on the experience gained from producing the immunization CD-ROM in the Lao PDR , single-source selection is proposed. The TA will also support a total of 1.5 person months of an international evaluation specialist. ADB will engage the individual consultant using competitive selection. The recruitment of the two firms and the individual international consultant will be in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time). The international consultant and the two firms will work with counterpart staff to perform the services.
Responsible ADB Officer Wendy Duncan
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Susan Kerr
sakerr@adb.org
ADB Southeast Asia Department, Social Sectors Division
Timetable
Concept Clearance 18 Jun 2007
Fact Finding 01 Oct 2007 to 04 Oct 2007
MRM -
Approval 29 Jan 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 20 Jul 2007
Last PDS Update 13 Jul 2010

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Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Jan 2008 11 Feb 2008 11 Feb 2008 31 Aug 2009 30 Apr 2010 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 29 Jan 2008 480,545.50

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