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Lao People's Democratic Republic: Greater Mekong Subregion Health Security Project (Additional Financing)

Sovereign (Public) Project | 48118-003 Status: Approved

The overall project impact and outcome will remain the same. The additional financing proposes a new output: emergency response to the COVID-19 outbreak supported (output 4). The main activities under output 4 include (i) the procurement and distribution of medical supplies and equipment to hospitals at all levels according to need; (ii) rapid training for frontline health workers on infection prevention and control (IPC), lab testing, and clinical care for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19); and (iii) some non-pharmaceutical interventions, including risk communications and contact tracing. The activities fall within the scope of outputs 2 and 3 of the ongoing project, but a new output is proposed for effectiveness and efficiency in administration and monitoring.

Project Details

Project Officer
Xu, Ye Southeast Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Sector
  • Health
 
Project Name Greater Mekong Subregion Health Security Project (Additional Financing)
Project Number 48118-003
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3924-LAO: Greater Mekong Subregion Health Security (Additional Financing)
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 20.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Health / Disease control of communicable disease - Health system development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The overall project impact and outcome will remain the same. The additional financing proposes a new output: emergency response to the COVID-19 outbreak supported (output 4). The main activities under output 4 include (i) the procurement and distribution of medical supplies and equipment to hospitals at all levels according to need; (ii) rapid training for frontline health workers on infection prevention and control (IPC), lab testing, and clinical care for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19); and (iii) some non-pharmaceutical interventions, including risk communications and contact tracing. The activities fall within the scope of outputs 2 and 3 of the ongoing project, but a new output is proposed for effectiveness and efficiency in administration and monitoring.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The overall project remains aligned with the governments' strong commitment to regional health security and achieving the core capacities of the International Health Regulations (2005). It is also consistent with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Strategy 2030 operational priorities to (i) address remaining poverty and reduce inequalities through achieving better health for all; (ii) accelerate progress in gender equality in human development; and (iii) foster regional cooperation and integration, including the promotion of regional public goods to mitigate cross-border risks of communicable disease. The additional financing is included in the draft country operations business plan for the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), 2021 2023; and the overall project remains in line with ADB's country partnership strategy for the Lao PDR, 2017 2020, which prioritizes investment for enhanced human development.

The Lao PDR is highly vulnerable to the pandemic, as it borders five heavily affected countries. Although the country has made steady progress under previous and ongoing communicable disease control projects to improve the response capacity to emerging infectious diseases, its health system remains weak and could be overwhelmed by the rapid spread of the virus. The national preparedness and response plan has projected that, in the scenario of widespread community transmission, the Lao PDR will reach about 20,000 cases at the peak, of which about 4,500 will be severe or critical cases that need to be hospitalized. The country faces a severe shortage of medical supplies and equipment to mitigate the impact of possible large-scale community transmission. This includes (i) personal protective equipment (e.g., masks, gowns, and gloves) and disinfectants; (ii) laboratory equipment, testing kits, and other consumables; and (iii) equipment and supplies to provide supportive treatment in hospitals. The government has requested ADB support under the proposed additional financing to procure part of the supplies and equipment on the master procurement list. In addition, rapid training on IPC and case management for frontline health workers is needed to protect them from infection and improve the effectiveness of clinical care. The additional financing will also support broader whole-of-society interventions, as accurate information and effective risk communication are critical for mitigating the risks of widespread community transmission.

Impact GMS public health security strengthened
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome GMS health system performance with regard to health security improved
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs Emergency response to the COVID-19 outbreak supported
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Xu, Ye
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
That Luang Road
P.O. Box 46, Vientiane, 23 Singha Road
Lao People's Democratic Republic of
Ministry of Health
[email protected]
Simuang Road
Viantiane
LAO PDR
Timetable
Concept Clearance 13 Apr 2020
Fact Finding 23 Apr 2020 to 23 Apr 2020
MRM 28 Apr 2020
Approval 22 May 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 22 May 2020

Loan 3924-LAO

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 May 2020 27 May 2020 - 30 Sep 2022 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 21.60 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 20.00 22 May 2020 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 1.60 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 22 May 2020 0.00 0.00 0%

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