According to ADB, the proposed project is the second phase of the ongoing Emergency Assistance Project for the displaced persons from Myanmar in Cox’s Bazar District, Bangladesh. It will scale up the ongoing project by addressing the unmet basic and urgent needs identified for Asian Development Bank (ADB) assistance in 2018 but which remained unfunded due to grant funding constraints. The project will support the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response; and water supply and sanitation that are also needed to contain COVID-19, disaster risk management, and access roads that are critical to maintaining the livelihoods of the displaced persons and affected population. In addition, the project will finance the cost overrun of the two contracts for the integrated waste management and resource recovery, and surface water supply subprojects under the ongoing project.
The additional financing is expected to fill the resource gap and to support the medium-term needs. The committed funding by other donor agencies is mostly towards the humanitarian supports; hence, the gaps in the infrastructure for medium-term needs remain wide. The proposed second phase of the project is expected to finance the infrastructure for medium-term needs mainly and complement the above World Bank's project. Moreover, the government has requested urgent support from ADB to meet the immediate medical needs and mitigate the impact of the outbreak either through a new program or by extending the scope of the second phase of the project. The request includes (i) establishing isolation centers; (ii) ensuring sufficient supply of personal protective equipment and medical goods; (iii) bolstering diagnostic capabilities; (iv) establishing or strengthening emergency operations centers; (v) training health workers in case detection and management; (vi) enhancing risk communication; (vii) expanding disease surveillance in communities and points of entry; (viii) improving clinical management and health care services; and (ix) strengthening infection management and control.
|Responsible ADB Officer||Sultana, Shajia|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Bangladesh Resident Mission|
|Executing Agencies||Bangladesh Rural Electrification BoardDepartment of Public Health EngineeringLocal Government Engineering DepartmentRoads and Highways Department|
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