Turkmenistan: Preparing the Improving Nursing Quality and Capacity Project

Sovereign Project | 54032-002

The proposed project impact is aligned with the Government's national Strategic Action Plan for human resources for health (HRH) to provide effective health care focused on the needs of the population and ensuring equitable access to health services. The project aims to help build up HRH capacity by first upgrading the Ashgabat medical school to college as a center of excellence and leading nursing institution in the country, and to develop and strengthen the national nursing program. The proposed project has 3 outputs: 1. Modern nursing educational institution established; 2) Quality of nursing education improved; and 3) Management of human resources for health strengthened.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Wong, Cebele
    Central and West Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country
    Turkmenistan
  • Sector
    • Health
Project Name Preparing the Improving Nursing Quality and Capacity Project
Project Number 54032-002
Country Turkmenistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6665-TKM: Preparing the Improving Nursing Quality and Capacity Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 700,000.00
TA 6665-TKM: Preparing the Improving Nursing Quality and Capacity Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 50,000.00
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 Gender equity
Description The proposed project impact is aligned with the Government's national Strategic Action Plan for human resources for health (HRH) to provide effective health care focused on the needs of the population and ensuring equitable access to health services. The project aims to help build up HRH capacity by first upgrading the Ashgabat medical school to college as a center of excellence and leading nursing institution in the country, and to develop and strengthen the national nursing program. The proposed project has 3 outputs: 1. Modern nursing educational institution established; 2) Quality of nursing education improved; and 3) Management of human resources for health strengthened.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Government of Turkmenistan has invited the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to support the health sector in the context of the Government's commitment to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. After a fast but less inclusive socioeconomic development, the country is facing an economic slowdown with fiscal constraints with likely impact on poverty and social development. This is aggravated by the recent COVID-19 Pandemic causing further economic hardships, including loss of employment and remittances from abroad.

In response to an increasing burden of non-communicable diseases linked to demographic transitions and changing lifestyles, the Government has initiated the State Health Program, a multi-sectoral approach to improve the well-being of its citizens. The central pillars for the State Health Program are upgrading of physical infrastructure, prevention and control of communicable diseases, awareness raising for disease prevention, expanding health insurance, and upgrading human resources for health (HRH). In 2019, ADB conducted a health sector assessment in Turkmenistan and found the most pressing challenge to be improving the poor quality of care of health services. Turkmenistan became an upper middle income country in 2012, but its health sector underperforms on key indicators when compared to other countries in Central Asia and other countries in the same income class. Infant and child mortality rates are the highest in the Central Asia region, and life expectancy at birth is the lowest. Access to high quality health care is very limited, even though the government has made significant investments in health infrastructure over the past few years. Facilities in rural regions are poorly equipped and understaffed.

In 2019, the government approved the national Strategic Action Plan for HRH prepared by the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry (MOHMI) and WHO in consultation with other ministries and partners. The Plan covers the five strategic areas of HRH planning and deployment, education and training (including continuing professional development), personnel management and working conditions, monitoring, and research. International support for this development is required, but assistance to date has been fragmented and modest. WHO has also confirmed that improving the capacity of HRH is one of the top three priorities for the country

Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
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 TBD
Procurement TBD
Responsible ADB Officer Wong, Cebele
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division CWSS
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Health and Medical Industry
20, Archabil Shayoly
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 09 Dec 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 09 Dec 2020

TA 6665-TKM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
09 Dec 2020 31 Dec 2020 31 Dec 2020 31 Dec 2023 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
750,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 800,000.00 03 Dec 2021 26,071.12

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Human Resources and Medical Education for Health Firm - Consulting Closed 12 Jan 2021 20 Feb 2021

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