Regional: Regional Support to Address the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 and Potential Outbreaks of Other Communicable Diseases

Sovereign Project | 54079-001

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will help the developing member countries (DMCs) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) respond to the ongoing COVID-19 disease (COVID-19) outbreak with the aim of mitigating long-term damage to economies and adverse effects on population health.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Osewe, Patrick L.
    Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
    Request for information
  • Country
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Health
Project Name Regional Support to Address the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 and Potential Outbreaks of Other Communicable Diseases
Project Number 54079-001
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9950-REG: Regional Support to Address the Outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 2.00 million
TA 9950-REG: Regional Support to Address the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 and Potential Outbreaks of Other Communicable Diseases
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 2.00 million
TA 9950-REG: Regional Support to Address the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 and Potential Outbreaks of Other Communicable Diseases
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 40.00 million
People's Republic of China Poverty Reduction and Regional Cooperation Fund US$ 2.00 million
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 2.00 million
TA 9950-REG: Regional Support to Address the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 and Potential Outbreaks of Other Communicable Diseases
Ireland Trust Fund for Building Climate Change and Disaster Resilience in Small Island Developing States US$ 296,000.00
TA 9950-REG: Regional Support to Address the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 and Potential Outbreaks of Other Communicable Diseases
High Level Technology Fund US$ 300,000.00
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 20.00 million
TA 9950-REG: Regional Support to Address the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 and Potential Outbreaks of Other Communicable Diseases
People's Republic of China Poverty Reduction and Regional Cooperation Fund US$ 2.00 million
Regional Malaria and Other Communicable Disease Threats Trust Fund under the Health Financing Partnership Facility US$ 6.35 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
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

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will help the developing member countries (DMCs) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) respond to the ongoing COVID-19 disease (COVID-19) outbreak with the aim of mitigating long-term damage to economies and adverse effects on population health.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The PRC and other countries in the region have taken immediate action to respond to the outbreak. Despite the quick action taken, there are several gaps in the overall response efforts, as identified by WHO and other development partners. These are: (i) inadequate resources to strengthen the range of services for outbreak response; (ii) Paucity of robust economic analysis and other evidence to support decision-making; and (iii) weak regional multisectoral coordination mechanisms.

The TA will incorporate lessons learned from; following (i) the implementation of the Regional Malaria and Other Communicable Disease Threats Trust Fund;5F (ii) TA on Regional Support to Address the Outbreak of SARS, and (iii) the Grant Assistance for Prevention and Control of Avian Influenza in Asia and the Pacific, the Greater Mekong Subregion's Strengthening Regional Health Cooperation TA and Health Security Project.6F A major lesson is that flexible implementation arrangements and focus on the actual needs of DMCs for communicable disease control (i.e., hospital equipment, training and communication programs), together with the multi-sector and cross-departmental collaboration in ADB and between ADB and partner organizations such as the WHO, all contributed to the success of above-mentioned projects. These projects also highlighted the importance to provide not only country level assistance but also to coordinate interventions at the regional level and the establishment of regional coordination mechanisms similar to the working group spearheading the implementation of the GMS Regional Health Cooperation Strategy.

Impact Health outcomes in Asia and the Pacific improved (ADB Strategy 2030)a; Increased number of people benefiting from improved health services, education services, or social protection (OP1)b; and Increased number of regional public goods initiatives successfully reducing cross- border environmental or health risks, or providing regional access to education services (OP7)c
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome DMCs' capacities to prevent and contain outbreaks of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases strengthened
Progress Toward Outcome Assistance has been extended to 49 DMCs since the TA's approval. Subsequent increases in TA amount will finance (i) health system assessments and country readiness plans to ensure the capacity of developing member countries (DMCs) to access, introduce, manage, and monitor safe and effective coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines; (ii) assistance to ensure that DMCs have the capacity in place to deliver safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines efficiently; (iii) support for developing projects that will finance the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines and related strengthening of vaccine delivery systems, and (iv) increasing the number of DMCs that will set up mechanisms to prevent and contain COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Support to DMCs affected and potentially affected by COVID-19 and other communicable diseases provided

Economic and health system assessments on the potential effect of COVID-19 conducted

Regional multisectoral coordination mechanisms strengthened

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Output 1. Procurement, Portfolio and Financial Management Department (PPFD) has arranged the contracting of Medtecs Cambodia and the IDA Foundation to supply $11.05 million worth of personal protective equipment (PPEs) to 13 DMCs. PPFD has also arranged a logistic contract not-to-exceed with Kuehne and Nagel for the delivery of the personal protective equipment. Medtecs has completed 91% of deliveries, while IDA Foundation has completed 59% of deliveries. A total of $18 million of support for 26 DMCs for the procurement and delivery of PPEs, testing kits, thermal scanners, ventilators and other goods is being implemented through the Administrative Arrangement and its three Supplemental Arrangements between ADB and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), with deliveries to DMCs ongoing. Regional departments have supported Armenia, Georgia, and Turkmenistan to procure about $1.37 million worth of diagnostic equipment and supplies.

Output 2. The TA supported the undertaking of a cost benefit analysis of the COVID-19 control options in the Philippines, and the preparation of guidance notes on interventions for COVID-19 response and strengthening of health security, and on reviving the economy and resuming travel and tourism. It also supported an updated brief on the economic impact of COVID-19.

Output 3. The TA engaged a risk communication firm to help India, Myanmar and the Philippines develop communication strategies; a capacity building firm to conduct online training for all DMCs; and a consulting firm to help the Government of India improve its COVID-19 response through support for the development of a pandemic road map, the use of digital technologies, and health system strengthening to detect and respond to future outbreaks. It also engaged individual consultants and resource persons to increase countries' capacity in key COVID-19 response areas, including laboratory management, border health, water and sanitation, pandemic preparedness and response planning, and digital health advisory services.

Output 4. The TA engaged a risk communication firm to help India, Myanmar and the Philippines develop communication strategies; a capacity building firm to conduct online training for all DMCs; and a consulting firm to help the Government of India improve its COVID-19 response through support for the development of a pandemic road map, the use of digital technologies, and health system strengthening to detect and respond to future outbreaks. It also engaged individual consultants and resource persons to increase countries' capacity in key COVID-19 response areas, including laboratory management, border health, water and sanitation, pandemic preparedness and response planning, and digital health advisory services.

Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation Continuous consultation and communication with various stakeholders is being done to determine the needs of DMCs and how to address these concerns efficiently.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

The TA will require a total of 1,134 person-months of service from individual international and national consultants. Consultants will be engaged through individual selection to provide 425 person-months of international consultant service and 709 person-months of national consultant service. ADB will engage the consultants and carry out procurement following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated TA staff instructions. Consultants will be initially work from home, then as and when feasible, may be mobilized to field.

The TA will require a total of 1,725 person-months of service from sixteen consulting firms: a risk communication firm; a frontline health worker capacity building firm; a traveler's health policy advisory firm; a vaccine policy advisory firm; a health system strengthening firm; a pandemic response firm; three vaccine advisory firms; a vaccine knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) surveys firm; an immunization information systems (IIS) firm; two health capacity building firms; a vaccine logistics management firm; a vaccine regulation firm; a feasibility study firm; and a vaccine communications firm. The firms will be engaged through the single source selection method. The risk communication firm will be engaged to provide 10 person-months of international consultant service and 15 person-months of national consultant service. The frontline health worker capacity building firm will be engaged to provide 23 person-months of international consultant service and 9 person-months of national consultant service. The traveler's health policy advisory firm will be engaged to provide 16 person-months of international consultant service. The COVID-19 vaccine policy advisory firm will be engaged to provide 45 person-months of international consultants and 30 person-months of national consultant service. The health system strengthening firm will be engaged to provide 150 person-months of national consultant service. The pandemic response firm will be engaged to provide 192 person-months of national consultant service. Each vaccine advisory firm will be engaged to provide 80 person-months of international consultant service and 90 person-months of national person-months consultant service. The KAP surveys firm will be engaged to provide 50 person-months of international consultant service and 50 person-months of national consultant service. The IIS firm will be engaged to provide 50 person-months of international consultant service and 50 person-months of national consultant service. Each health capacity building firm will be engaged to provide 30 person-months of international consultant service and 5 person-months of national person-months consultant service. The vaccine logistics management firm will be engaged to provide 120 person-months of international consultant service and 80 person-months of national consultant service. The vaccine regulation firm will be engaged to provide 60 person-months of international consultant service and 50 person-months of national consultant service. The feasibility study firm will be engaged to provide 40 person-months of international consultant service and 30 person-months of national consultant service. The vaccine communications firm will be engaged to provide 50 person-months of international consultant service and 25 person-months of national consultant service. ADB will engage the firms and carry out procurement following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated TA staff instructions.

Procurement ADB will procure necessary medical supplies and reagents, medicines and vaccines, PPE for health care staffs, and digital health software and hardware needed for rapidly building up DMC capacities. The procurement and disbursement decision authorities and signatories in ADB is the Director-General of SDCC, in consultation with Procurement, Portfolio and Financial Management Department (PPFD). Procurement will follow the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions. The procurement of goods will be coordinated with other technical agencies (such as United Nations agencies) to avoid duplication of supply. Given the need for flexibility, ADB can also outsource the procurement to identified implementing government agencies in recipient DMCs and United Nations agencies which have stronger links to the supply market or provide funding to these agencies to procure and supply the goods in accordance with arrangements acceptable to ADB
Responsible ADB Officer Osewe, Patrick L.
Responsible ADB Department Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Responsible ADB Division SDSC-HEA
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 14 Feb 2020
Fact Finding 06 Feb 2020 to 06 Feb 2020
MRM -
Approval 25 Feb 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 03 Dec 2020

TA 9950-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
25 Feb 2020 - 25 Feb 2020 28 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2023 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
64,000,000.00 12,943,518.72 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 76,943,518.72 29 Sep 2021 39,441,994.39

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
LAO: National Cold Chain Equipment and Logistics Officer COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment Individual - Consulting Active 19 Oct 2021 25 Oct 2021
LAO: Planning and Coordination Officer 4 – COVID 19 Vaccine Deployment (Vientiane-Based) Individual - Consulting Active 19 Oct 2021 25 Oct 2021
LAO: Planning and Coordination Officer 2 – COVID 19 Vaccine Deployment (Oudomxay-Based) Individual - Consulting Active 14 Oct 2021 20 Oct 2021
LAO: Cold Chain Equipment and Logistics Officer-COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment (International) Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Sep 2021 04 Oct 2021
LAO: Planning and Coordinator Officer 1 – COVID 19 Vaccine Deployment (Vientiane Based) Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Sep 2021 04 Oct 2021
LAO: Planning and Coordination Officer 3– COVID 19 Vaccine Deployment (Khuammuan-Based) Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Sep 2021 04 Oct 2021
LAO: AEFI and Risk Communications Expert (International) Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Sep 2021 04 Oct 2021
PHI: Senior Vaccine Product Logistics Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Sep 2021 01 Oct 2021
INO: Health Specialist 3 (Finance Reform Management) Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Sep 2021 28 Sep 2021
INO: Business Intelligence Analyst Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Sep 2021 28 Sep 2021
INO: Project Management Specialist (re-advertised) Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Sep 2021 27 Sep 2021
LAO: National M&E and Data Officer - COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Sep 2021 23 Sep 2021
LAO: AEFI and Risk Communications Officer - COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment (National) Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Sep 2021 15 Sep 2021
Vaccine Logistics Management Firm Firm - Consulting Closed 28 Aug 2021 17 Sep 2021
Vaccine Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices (KAP) Surveys Firm Firm - Consulting Closed 28 Aug 2021 01 Oct 2021
Immunization Information Systems Firm Firm - Consulting Closed 28 Aug 2021 17 Sep 2021
INO: Health System Analyst Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Aug 2021 27 Aug 2021
INO: Project Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Aug 2021 10 Aug 2021
INO: Health Specialist 1 (International Relations Specialist) Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Jul 2021 05 Aug 2021
INO: Health Sector Institutional Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Jul 2021 03 Aug 2021
INO: Health Data System Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Jul 2021 03 Aug 2021
INO: Health System Product Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Jul 2021 03 Aug 2021
INO: Health Specialist 2 (Pharmaceutical Industry Specialist) Individual - Consulting Closed 27 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021
INO: Health Financing Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Jun 2021 22 Jun 2021
INO: Health Sector Talent Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Jun 2021 21 Jun 2021
Vaccine Advisory Firm for Central West Asia Firm - Consulting Closed 22 May 2021 28 May 2021
SARD: Digital Health Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 11 May 2021 17 May 2021
SDSC-HEA: Health Systems and Policy Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 08 May 2021 14 May 2021
IND: Health Systems Strengthening Firm Firm - Consulting Closed 04 May 2021 28 May 2021
TA Implementation Coordinator (International) Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Apr 2021 29 Apr 2021
INO: Data Specialist 1 (re-advertised) Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Apr 2021 21 Apr 2021
INO: Collaboration Affairs Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Apr 2021 21 Apr 2021
International Health Expert for Bangladesh Individual - Consulting Closed 18 Mar 2021 20 Mar 2021
Laos National Border Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Feb 2021 02 Mar 2021
INO: Strategic Delivery Unit Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Feb 2021 10 Feb 2021
INO: Public Health Specialist for COVID-19 Testing 2 Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Feb 2021 10 Feb 2021
INO: Hospital Administration Specialist 1 Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Feb 2021 10 Feb 2021
INO: Hospital Administration Specialist 2 Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Feb 2021 10 Feb 2021
INO: Public Health Specialist for COVID-19 Testing 1 Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Feb 2021 10 Feb 2021
INO: Data Specialist 2 Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Feb 2021 10 Feb 2021
INO: COVID-19 Vaccination Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Feb 2021 10 Feb 2021
INO-Public Health Specialists for COVID-19 Contact Tracing Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Feb 2021 10 Feb 2021
MYA: Health Planning Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Jan 2021 12 Feb 2021
PAK: National Research Associate (Junior Epidemiologist) Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Jan 2021 29 Jan 2021
MYA: Health Planning Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Jan 2021 04 Feb 2021
MYA: Public Financial Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Jan 2021 04 Feb 2021
MON: National Immunization Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Dec 2020 19 Jan 2021
CWRD: Biomedical Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Dec 2020 14 Dec 2020
PAK: National Tech and Innovation Advisor Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Dec 2020 09 Dec 2020
Senior Project Coordinator B Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Dec 2020 08 Dec 2020
Project Analyst B Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Dec 2020 08 Dec 2020
Project Analyst A Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Dec 2020 08 Dec 2020
TA Activity Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Dec 2020 08 Dec 2020
PHI: Vaccine Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 26 Nov 2020 06 Dec 2020
Senior Project Coordinator A Individual - Consulting Closed 24 Nov 2020 30 Nov 2020
SERD: GMS: Health Security Knowledge Management Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 10 Nov 2020 12 Nov 2020
PAK: COVID-19 Modeling Support Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Oct 2020 05 Oct 2020
SERD: GMS Health Security Knowledge Management Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Sep 2020 06 Oct 2020
PAK: COVID GIS Mapping and LMIS Technical Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Sep 2020 29 Sep 2020
PAK: Senior Supply Chain and COVID-LMIS Support Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Sep 2020 29 Sep 2020
PAK: Junior Supply Chain and COVID-LMIS Support Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Sep 2020 29 Sep 2020
PAK: Management Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Sep 2020 29 Sep 2020
PHI: Public Health Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 29 Aug 2020 04 Sep 2020
SERD/LAO: National Border Health Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 07 Aug 2020 13 Aug 2020
SERD/CAM: National Border Health Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Jul 2020 05 Aug 2020
KAZ: Public Health Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Jul 2020 22 Jul 2020
PAK:COVID-19 Logistics Management Information Consultant (1 of 4) Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Jun 2020 01 Jul 2020
PAK:COVID-19 Logistics Management Information Consultant (1 of 4) (54079-001) Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Jun 2020 01 Jul 2020
PAK:COVID-19 Logistics Management Information Consultant (1 of 4) Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Jun 2020 01 Jul 2020
PAK: COVID-19 Logistics Management Information Consultant (1 of 4) Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Jun 2020 01 Jul 2020
AFG: Health Security and Health Systems Strengthening Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 20 Jun 2020 13 Jul 2020
PAK: Public Health Management and Monitoring Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 20 Jun 2020 26 Jun 2020
TAJ: Public Health Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Jun 2020 14 Jul 2020
SDSC-HEA: Health Security and Health Systems Expert (1 of 2) [COVID-19] Individual - Consulting Closed 10 Jun 2020 16 Jun 2020
Epidemiologist Individual - Consulting Closed 10 Jun 2020 16 Jun 2020
SERD-GMS: International Procurement Individual - Consulting Closed 12 May 2020 18 May 2020
SERD-PHI: National Risk Communications Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed 09 May 2020 15 May 2020
EARD-MON: Medical Procurement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 07 May 2020 13 May 2020
TA 9950 - National Procurement Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Apr 2020 01 May 2020
Project Coordinator (National Consultant) Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Apr 2020 01 May 2020
Senior Health Security and Health Systems Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Apr 2020 28 Apr 2020

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
CDTA Technical Assistance 9950 23 Aug 2021 CROWN AGENTS LIMITED | ST. NICHOLAS HOUSE, ST. NICHOLAS ROAD SUTTON, SURREY SM1 1EL UNITED KINGDOM, or Blue Fin Building London United Kingdom Asian Development Bank 983,700.00
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 9950 22 Feb 2021 PATH(UNITED STATES) | 2201 Westlake Avenue, Suite 200 Seattle, WA 98121 United States Asian Development Bank 947,847.00
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 9950 12 Oct 2020 MCCANN-ERICKSON USA,INC.D/B/A MCCANN GLOBAL HEALTH(UNITED STATES) | 622 Third Avenue, New York, New York 10017 United States Asian Development Bank 203,230.00
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 9950 20 Aug 2020 KPMG Advisory Services Private Limited(INDIA) | Lodha Excelus,Apollo Mills Cmpd,NM Joshi xmi,Mumbai 400011/Kamala Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel Mumbai Asian Development Bank 992,345.00