The contract for Curtin University of Technology was signed on 17 Jun 2009. PARD issued the Notice to Proceed to Curtin University of Technology on 22 Jun 2009 with date of commencement of services also on the same date.
ADB has formally informed WHO through a letter dated 1 Jul 2009 on the change in project responsibility from Ms. Hayman Win, Social Sector Specialist to Ms. Sally Pedersen, Principal Public Management and Human Capacity Development Specialist.
A Request for Minor Change in Implementation Arrangements was submitted and approved on 1 Jul 2009 for the revision on the number of advances WHO can make (from three to two installments) as per signed TA Agreement between ADB and WHO. On 1 Jul 2009, consulting firm Curtin submitted to ADB its draft Inception Report.
WHO sent its Request for Initial Advance amounting to US$ 187,407 to fund workshops (regional and country workshops, and Pacific representation in international conferences), and non-workshop activities.
On 30 July 2009, ADB approved Curtin's Contract Variation Request No. 1 with the following provisions: (i) increase in inputs of S. Hopkins to assume the post of E. Jimenez-Soto who withdrew from the project; and (ii) adjustment of staff inputs, per diem allowance, and international air travel costs in accordance with the needs of the project. Curtin revised its draft Inception Report based on ADB comments submitted its final Inception Report was submitted on 31 July 2009.
From 1-3 Sep 2009, the Project Officer attended the Consultation Workshop (First RETA Regional Workshop), organized by the WHO, in relation to the RETA held in Nadi, Fiji. The first day of the consultation included an opening presentation by the Regional Director, WHO; an overview of RETA 6495; and an overview by R. Rannan-Eliya, a consultant to the project, on the role of NHA estimation as evidence base for policy. The balance of the day was spent in presentations from the respective participants on the status of National Health Accounts in their respective countries.
On 22 Oct 2009, ADB approved Curtin's Contract Variation Request No. 2 which adjusted per diem allowances and international and national air travel routings following change in venue for the regional workshops in Fiji from Suva to Nadi.
The first and second in-country workshops in Vanuatu were held on 12-16 October 2009. Meanwhile, the first and second in-country workshops were held in Fiji Islands on 27 Oct 2009 (Suva) and 28-30 Oct 2009 (Nadi). In-country workshops in FSM were held on 30 Nov 2009 to 4 Dec 2009 after being rescheduled from the original date of 23-27 Nov 2009. Logistical preparations for the Second Regional Workshop to be held in Nadi, Fiji is being handled by the EA (WHO). Curtin will be presenting in the workshop. Curtin submitted on 11 Dec 2009 its Final Interim Report.
As of 5 Mar 2010, data scoping, data collection, estimation, and filing of data gaps by pilot countries NHA teams in the Fiji Islands, FSM, and Vanuatu were on-going.
The third and fourth in-country workshops (NHA technical team training on analysis and report preparation) have been set at the following dates: (i) 19-23 Apr 2010 for Fiji Islands; (ii) 29-30 Mar 2010 (3rd in-country workshop) and 31 Mar 2010 (4th in-country workshop) for FSM; and 19-23 Apr 2010 for Vanuatu.
All TA activities have been completed.