50281-001: Introducing eGovernance through Digital Health | Asian Development Bank

Tonga: Introducing eGovernance through Digital Health

Sovereign (Public) Project | 50281-001 Status: Proposed

This proposed digital health and e-governance project will leverage the increased bandwidth from the fiber optic cable by fostering an e-governance environment together with more direct investments in digital health in Tonga for improved health system response and efficiencies.


Project Details

Project Officer
Wyatt, Pamela Pacific Department Request for information
Country
  • Tonga
Sector
  • Health
 
Project Name Introducing eGovernance through Digital Health
Project Number 50281-001
Country Tonga
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: Pacific Digital Health and e-Government Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 7.50 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 / Health sector development and reform

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

This proposed digital health and e-governance project will leverage the increased bandwidth from the fiber optic cable by fostering an e-governance environment together with more direct investments in digital health in Tonga for improved health system response and efficiencies.



The project will create the information technology infrastructure and systems to move the fragmented paper based system to a digital health information system. Project investments include software and hardware infrastructure, policy advisory and legislative drafting support and capacity building. The project will incorporate the existing mhealth pilot into broader digital health system interventions supporting the Tonga National Health Strategic Plan 2015-2020 and optimizing resources and decision-making. The project will form part of the Government of Tonga's strategy to implement e-governance by strengthening core public health functions (routine information systems) with technology to enable real-time, integrated, electronic data collection.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Tonga made significant progress towards the Millennium Development Goals by reducing child mortality and improving maternal health, but it now faces challenges of decreasing life expectancy, most likely as a result of chronic disease and health security threats such as the Zika virus with five confirmed cases in 2015. Information communication and technology presents a possible tool for improved surveillance and monitoring and an effective digital health information system underpins all elements and functions of a health system. It enables progress monitoring, patient tracking and identification of service delivery barriers such as health worker or medical supplies shortage and promotes evidence based policy making.
Impact

A more inclusive, sustainable and dynamic knowledge-based economy

To improve the health of the nation by providing quality care through promotion of good health, reducing morbidity, disability and premature (death) mortality

Outcome Reliability, quality and granularity of health statistics improved, disaggregated by sex and age.
Outputs The enabling environment for eGovernment improved
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 Wyatt, Pamela
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance and National Planning
Vuna Road
Nuku'alofa
Kingdom of Tonga
Timetable
Concept Clearance 22 Mar 2018
Fact Finding 05 Nov 2018 to 09 Nov 2018
MRM 03 Dec 2018
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2018

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