Uzbekistan: COVID-19 Emergency Response

Sovereign Project | 54390-001

The Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade (MIFT) of Uzbekistan requested ADB to provide emergency grant assistance to support the Government's ongoing response, particularly its need to procure medicines and other medical supplies for the treatment of COVID-19-infected patients.

The Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund (APDRF) grant will support procurement of medicines and other medical consumables, including personal protective equipment and medical supplies for the treatment of COVID-19-infected patients.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Djumabaeva, Farida Alijonovna
    Central and West Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Uzbekistan
  • Sector
    • Health
Project Name COVID-19 Emergency Response
Project Number 54390-001
Country / Economy Uzbekistan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0738-UZB: COVID-19 Emergency Response
APDRF Government of Japan for COVID19 US$ 3.00 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 Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade (MIFT) of Uzbekistan requested ADB to provide emergency grant assistance to support the Government's ongoing response, particularly its need to procure medicines and other medical supplies for the treatment of COVID-19-infected patients.

The Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund (APDRF) grant will support procurement of medicines and other medical consumables, including personal protective equipment and medical supplies for the treatment of COVID-19-infected patients.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

On 26 April 2020, the Government requested emergency assistance from ADB to upgrade and expand the national laboratory and surveillance system and to provide budget support. In response, ADB developed a comprehensive assistance package to increase Uzbekistan's resilience to the COVID-19 pandemic and future public health emergencies. On 30 April 2020, ADB provided grant resources of about $1.6 million under regional technical assistance for the procurement of medical supplies such as oxygen respirators and personal protective equipment. ADB also mobilized $19.5 million from the Primary Health Care Improvement Project to purchase ventilators to support treatment of COVID-19 patients. On 25 June 2020, ADB approved a $500 million loan from ADB's ordinary capital resources for the COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support (CARES) Program. The program aims to support the Government's immediate efforts to mitigate the adverse impacts of COVID-19 on the population's health, incomes and economic opportunities, and to support macroeconomic stability. On 30 July 2020, ADB approved a $100 million loan to finance the $200 million COVID-19 Emergency Response Project, which was cofinanced by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) with a $100 million loan approved on 13 August 2020. The project will support the testing, surveillance, and case management of COVID-19 in Uzbekistan through three outputs: (i) national laboratory system strengthened, (ii) national surveillance and response system established for COVID-19, and (iii) COVID-19 treatment capacity expanded. Activities will be coordinated with and complement assistance from the World Bank and other partners, and help fill gaps in medical equipment and supplies. Other support included technical assistance, training, equipment, and supplies.

In its letter of 13 August 2020, the Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade (MIFT) requested ADB to provide emergency grant assistance to support the Government's ongoing response, particularly its need to procure medicines and other medical supplies for the treatment of COVID-19-infected patients.

The Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund (APDRF) grant is intended, therefore, to be used to finance medicines and other medical consumables, including personal protective equipment and medical supplies for the treatment of COVID-19-infected patients.

Given the current situation, the Government needs additional immediate support to respond to the surge in COVID-19 cases registered over the past two months. The APDRF grant is intended, therefore, to be used to finance procurement of medicines and other medical consumables, including personal protective equipment and medical supplies for the treatment of COVID-19-infected patients.

Impact

To alleviate the financial resources constraint to meet immediate needs and deliver appropriate medicines and other medical consumables, including personal protective equipment and medical supplies

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Improved Government of Uzbekistan (GOU) preparedness to respond to the surge in COVID-19 cases registered over the past two months.

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 outbreak.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
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 Djumabaeva, Farida Alijonovna
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Uzbekistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Health
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 14 Sep 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 16 Sep 2020

Grant 0738-UZB

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Sep 2020 16 Oct 2020 16 Oct 2020 16 Apr 2021 15 Dec 2021 07 Jul 2022
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 3.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 3.00 05 Aug 2022 3.00 0.00 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 05 Aug 2022 3.00 0.00 100%

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