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Pakistan: COVID-19 Emergency Response

Sovereign (Public) Project | 54199-001 Status: Approved

The Project will help the government in meeting its immediate financial, logistical, and other needs that are essential to deliver appropriate medical services for combating COVID-19 outbreak. The project interventions largely include supply of emergency medical supplies and other initial support including procurement of personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, googles, face shields, surgical gloves, etc.), diagnostic and laboratories supplies, and waste management (biosafety), items like testing kits, biohazard bags, powered air purifying respirators etc., required for dealing with the crisis to be financed by the requested Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund (APDRF) align with WHO's Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-19 and the country's National Action Plan for Corona Virus Disease.

Project Details

Project Officer
Shafi, Mian S. Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Pakistan
Sector
  • Health
 
Project Name COVID-19 Emergency Response
Project Number 54199-001
Country Pakistan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0694-PAK: COVID-19 Emergency Response
Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund US$ 2.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Health / Disease control of communicable disease

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The Project will help the government in meeting its immediate financial, logistical, and other needs that are essential to deliver appropriate medical services for combating COVID-19 outbreak. The project interventions largely include supply of emergency medical supplies and other initial support including procurement of personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, googles, face shields, surgical gloves, etc.), diagnostic and laboratories supplies, and waste management (biosafety), items like testing kits, biohazard bags, powered air purifying respirators etc., required for dealing with the crisis to be financed by the requested Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund (APDRF) align with WHO's Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-19 and the country's National Action Plan for Corona Virus Disease.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Pakistan is highly susceptible to increased spread of COVID-19. In the past week, Pakistan's confirmed COVID-19 cases have seen a steep rise -- from 53 on 16 March 2020 to 1,000 on 25 March 2020 -- at one of the fastest growing rates in the world. The country is at its initial stage of this pandemic and the number of expected infections is feared to exponentially increase in the coming days. To combat the impending spread of COVID-19, the Government notified the National Action Plan for Corona virus disease (COVID-19) Pakistan on 13 March 2020 and active coordination between all relevant stakeholders, including federal and provincial health departments, disaster management authorities, planning and finance departments, donors and security forces began.

Pakistan is approaching the COVID-19 challenges with a multi-pronged approach, including preventative measures, containment efforts, and treatment of infected population. The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation & Coordination (MNHSRC) has recently published its National Action Plan for COVID-19 in Pakistan. Based on international experience, the plan for prevention of disease spread, besides restricting movements both internally and externally, includes advocacy sessions on hygiene, and fumigation drives for disinfection. Containment efforts center around testing of those showing symptoms, tracking of potential infected persons and their close contacts, and quarantine/monitoring of those who are infected or exposed. Treatment requires well-equipped hospital systems, capable medical staff, and informed policy makers. The Government of Pakistan in its letter of 13 March 2020 has requested ADB for support specifically to provide grant assistance to the Government of Pakistan to support ongoing activities for prevention and management of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. ADB's support will help alleviate the government's immediate financial, logistic, and other constraints to meet these immediate needs and deliver appropriate medical services where required. Recognizing the unpredictable nature of the situation, flexibility is required in the design of any support along with close coordination with various sources and partn ers providing support. Based on ADB's assessment and DOH's prioritization, urgent support will be required for procuring diagnostic reagents and equipment, materials for makeshift hospitals, and personal protection and key medical equipment. Other needs may be identified as the situation evolves.

Impact To alleviate the government's immediate financial, logistic, and other constraints to meet these immediate needs and deliver appropriate medical services where required - in line with the National Action Plan for COVID-19 in Pakistan
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved capacity of Pakistan in preparedness, prevention, and response to COVID-19 disease.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs Financial support provided to the government' to meet immediate needs and deliver appropriate medical services to combat COVID-19 disease outbreak
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment FI
Involuntary Resettlement FI
Indigenous Peoples FI
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 Shafi, Mian S.
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Pakistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Directorate General Health Services
Wahdat Colony, Sindh
Hyderabad, Pakistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 30 Mar 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 10 Apr 2020

Grant 0694-PAK

Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 2.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 2.00 - 0.00 0.00 %
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 - 0.00 0.00 %

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