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
added.

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
Facility.

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
region.

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