The proposed transaction technical assistance (TA) facility will (i) provide support for the design of ongoing and ensuing SARD health and education sector projects in aligning project activities to address and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak; (ii) provide analytical support to inform short-term and long-term policy and actions to address the outbreak and strengthen health, education and social protection systems preparedness for future outbreaks or similar external shocks; and (iii) support assessments to learn from ongoing COVID-19 responses in health, education and social protection to identify gaps and opportunities for accelerated reform actions to mitigate impacts of the outbreak and strengthen resilience against future disruptions.
|Project Name||Support to Address Outbreak of COVID-19 and Strengthen Preparedness for Communicable Diseases in South Asia|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Education / Education sector development - Education sector development - social protection initiatives
Health / Disease control of communicable disease - Health system development
Public sector management / Social protection initiatives
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Description||The proposed transaction technical assistance (TA) facility will (i) provide support for the design of ongoing and ensuing SARD health and education sector projects in aligning project activities to address and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak; (ii) provide analytical support to inform short-term and long-term policy and actions to address the outbreak and strengthen health, education and social protection systems preparedness for future outbreaks or similar external shocks; and (iii) support assessments to learn from ongoing COVID-19 responses in health, education and social protection to identify gaps and opportunities for accelerated reform actions to mitigate impacts of the outbreak and strengthen resilience against future disruptions.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The COVID-19 outbreak has escalated in its severity in South Asian DMCs. A total of 88,415 cases in South Asian DMCs have been confirmed as of 12 May 2020. 3. The outbreak threatens to further strain already stretched health resources and seriously undermine health systems in South Asian DMCs. In addition to health risks, the outbreak has disrupted education systems and led to unprecedented loss of livelihoods. The immediate risks and disruptions are likely to continue for the foreseeable future until a vaccine is developed and mass immunization is achieved. Immediate and continued support to South Asian DMCs to address COVID-19 spread and strengthen health, education and social systems response for future outbreaks is crucial as pandemics can have catastrophic short-term and long-term effects on human lives, critical service delivery for human capital development and the economy.
The countercyclical support facilities under the COVID-19 crisis response option provided to SARD DMCs are mainly geared to protect the poor and vulnerable populations from falling into destitution and saving lives from COVID-19 infection. ADB support to strengthen preparedness of health as well as education systems and protecting vulnerable groups in SARD countries in case of future shocks will be critical for mitigating impacts on health and overall human capital, and to safeguard the developmental gains made so far.
|Description of Outcome|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Geographical Location||Bangladesh - Nation-wide; Bhutan - Nation-wide; India - Nation-wide; Maldives - Nation-wide; Nepal - Nation-wide; Sri Lanka - Nation-wide|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||N/A|
|During Project Implementation||N/A|
|Consulting Services||The TA facility will provide a total of 69 person-months of consultant inputs to support the design of ensuing and ongoing projects and provide support to address the impacts of COVID-19 outbreak and strengthen preparedness. Individual consultants will be recruited for a total of 40 person-months using individual consultant selection method. The TA facility will also recruit two firms for a total of 29 person-months to conduct immediate data analytics to support identification and management of epidemiological clusters in Sri Lanka and Nepal.|
|Procurement||Individual consultants will be recruited using individual consultant selection method. Firms will be recruited using consultant qualification selection. ADB will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy and Regulations (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Shrestha, Unika|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Human and Social Development Division, SARD|
|Approval||20 May 2020|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||22 May 2020|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|20 May 2020||-||20 May 2020||31 May 2023||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|1,400,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,400,000.00||20 May 2020||72,237.00|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Support to Address Outbreak of COVID-19 and Strengthen Preparedness for Communicable Diseases in South Asia: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||May 2020|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Support to Address Outbreak of COVID-19 and Strengthen Preparedness for Communicable Diseases in South Asia - Social Development Expert (Gender)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||16 Feb 2021||22 Feb 2021|
|Health Economist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||21 Jan 2021||31 Jan 2021|
|Procurement Expert||Individual - Consulting||Closed||19 Jan 2021||25 Jan 2021|
|Public Financial Management Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||19 Jan 2021||25 Jan 2021|
|Support to Address Outbreak of COVID-19 and Strengthen Preparedness for Communicable Diseases in South Asia - Social Development Expert||Individual - Consulting||Closed||10 Dec 2020||16 Dec 2020|
|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor||Contractor Address||Executing Agency||Contract Description||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|Policy and Advisory||Technical Assistance 9982||28 Dec 2020||Brookings Institution (The)(UNITED STATES)||1775 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, NW District o WASHINGTON DC 20036-2103 United States||Asian Development Bank||120,000.00||—|
|Policy and Advisory||Technical Assistance 9982||17 Aug 2020||Pricewaterhousecoopers Pvt. Ltd. (IND)(INDIA)||8-2-624/A/1, 4th Floor, Road No.10, Banj Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh 500 034 India||Asian Development Bank||401,654.00||—|
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