Dhaka, Bangladesh
ADB provides grants for anti-corona healthcare facilitation

ADB provides grants for anti-corona healthcare facilitation

News Report: The Asian Development
Bank (ADB) is providing $231,178 in
grants to augment novel corona virus
disease (COVID-19)-related
facilities in 134 urban primary
health centers, called Nogor Swastho
Kendro, across Bangladesh.

The health centers are providing
primary healthcare services to the
urban poor under the ADB-supported
Urban Primary Health Care Services
Delivery Project in 9 city
corporations and 4 municipalities.

“We are pleased to provide this
grant assistance to further
strengthen government’s efforts in
managing the COVID-19 pandemic and
delivering related services to the
people,” said Country Director
Manmohan Parkash. “This initiative
will be a model of providing both
COVID and non-COVID-related
healthcare services for over 8
million urban poor through Nogor
Swastho Kendro in Bangladesh.

“The program will also create
awareness about COVID-19 prevention
and management and help the health
workers and doctors to detect and
treat patients early,” Mr. Parkash

The assistance will help set up
hand- washing stations and screening
booths, provide WHO standard
personal protective equipment (PPE)
suits to about 2,700 doctors and
health workers working under the
project, launch awareness programs
about COVID-19 prevention and
management, and provide training on
COVID-19 detection and treatment to
health workers and doctors.

The grant assistance is sourced
from ADB’s Urban Climate Change
Resilience Trust Fund, under the
Urban Financing Partnership

The Asian bank has a strong track
record of responding rapidly to
provide targeted support to
Bangladesh in times of emergencies.
On 7 May, ADB approved $500 million
to strengthen Bangladesh’s efforts
to mitigate the socio-economic
impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. On
30 April, ADB approved a $100
million concessional loan to support
the government of Bangladesh in its
efforts to address the immediate
public health requirements of
combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. As
an immediate response to the COVID-
19 pandemic, ADB had released a
$350,000 emergency grant for the
procurement of medical supplies and
equipment, and $1.3 million from an
existing project to provide one-time
cash support to 22,619 trainees to
enable them to continue their
ongoing skills training program.

On 13 April, the ADB tripled the
size of its initial response to
COVID-19 to $20 billion and approved
measures to streamline its
operations for quicker and more
flexible delivery of assistance to
help its developing member-
countries counter the severe
macroeconomic and health impacts
caused by the pandemic.

The ADB is committed to achieving a
prosperous, inclusive, resilient,
and sustainable Asia and the
Pacific, while sustaining its
efforts to eradicate extreme
poverty. Established in 1966, it is
owned by 68 members—49 from the

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