|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
On 19 May 2010 the Government approved the utilization of ADB grant assistance for the following purposes: (i) distribution of financial assistance equivalent to 300,000 togrogs (about $215) to each herder family that lost all of their livestock, (ii) provision of emergency vehicles to affected aimag and soum hospitals to improve delivery of social welfare and health services, and a heavy-duty vehicle for the local emergency management agencies to increase their disaster preparedness, and (iii) provision of special vehicles equipped with disinfection facilities for sterilization and disinfection of dead animal carcasses to prevent spread of human and animal contagious diseases.
Between 21 May and 8 July 2010 the Ministry of Finance (MoF), through Agriculture Departments of aimags Governor's offices, transferred cash assistance to 8,576 herder families from 13 aimags; these families had lost all of their livestock. This targeted assistance supported livelihoods of herders who were experiencing cash shortage and had no capacity to buy food and medicine, and helped to mitigate the risk of further deterioration of livelihoods during the spring time, when the worst of the winter's impact was felt.
A portion of the grant assistance was used for procurement of 20 emergency ambulance cars for 20 soum hospitals in 17 affected aimags. The provision of vehicles helped to increase access to health services for communities in remote areas whose access to health facilities were constrained by blocked roads, floods in the spring time, and lack of own means of transportation. In addition, 6 disinfection vehicles were procured for 6 affected aimags to sterilize and disinfect dead animals' carcasses and prevent the spread of contagious human- and animal-borne diseases. In the future, the disinfection vehicles will be available to provide sterilization and disinfection in cases of outbreaks of diseases and other disasters.
The ADB grant assistance funds were also used to strengthen the national and local Emergency Management Agency's capacity and to improve its preparedness for disasters. Eighteen heavy-duty minivans equipped with special communications equipment for use in disaster areas were provided to national and local emergency management departments and offices. These helped to improve communication among rescue teams during the disaster to better coordinate rescue activities and enabled them to reach the most remote areas with humanitarian assistance when needed. Local emergency management agencies will be responsible for maintaining equipment and using it for future emergency response operations.
In view of urgent needs, vehicles and equipment were firstly provided from the State Reserve Fund and its replenishment was done afterward in accordance with the Public Procurement Law of Mongolia.
The project activities were closed as scheduled on 14 October 2010. The funds were fully utilized. The MoF has submitted its liquidation statement on 6 December 2010. Within 6 months after submission of liquidation the MoF will submit audit report on the use of grant, including the imprest account and the Statement of Expenditures. The audit will be conducted by the National Audit Office of Mongolia, the main audit institution in Mongolia. Upon receipt of the audit report, the grant will be financially closed.