Northern Provinces Health and Treatment Project (ADB-53084-001)

  • East Asia and Pacific
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
  • Vanuatu
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Specific Location
Port Vila, Luganville
Whenever identified, the area within countries where the impacts of the investment may be experienced. Exact locations of projects may not be identified fully or at all in project documents. Please review updated project documents and community-led assessments.
Financial Institutions
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Stage of the project cycle. Stages vary by development bank and can include: pending, approval, implementation, and closed or completed.
Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Government of Vanuatu
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Education and Health
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 4.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Grant Amount (USD)
$ 4.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Nov 10, 2023

Disclosed by Bank Apr 26, 2023

Contribute Information
Can you contribute information about this project?
Contact the EWS Team

Project Description
If provided by the financial institution, the Early Warning System Team writes a short summary describing the purported development objective of the project and project components. Review the complete project documentation for a detailed description.

As stated by the ADB, most of Vanuatu's population has access to basic health services for child and maternal health and for some communicable and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) (mainly through development partner support). These basic services are, however, not meeting the increasing health needs and complexity of chronic disease management.

The Ministry of Health is committed to expanding NCD services by delivering specialized NCD services through two clinics: one in Port Vila (opened April 2022) for the population in the south, and one planned for Luganville (on Santo Island, which is the second most populated island) serving the population in the north. The NCD clinics would relieve the burden of NCD management on the hospitals, while retaining a close coordination and referral pathway with the hospital to manage patients requiring surgical interventions. Having two NCD clinics would improve service delivery to local populations especially for patient surveillance, chronic disease management, and allow more targeted local health promotion.

The Ministry of Health has requested the ADB to finance the second NCD clinic in Luganville. This request is supported by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management and will complement health infrastructure upgrades by the government of Australia as part of the TCH response and bilateral program support by Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The project will support initiatives such as the WHO's package of essential interventions to prevent and control NCDs, and the Pacific Community's work on NCD prevention to inform project investments.

Early Warning System Project Analysis
For a project with severe or irreversible impacts to local community and natural resources, the Early Warning System Team may conduct a thorough analysis regarding its potential impacts to human and environmental rights.

The ADB categorized the risks of the project as follows:

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Investment Description
Here you can find a list of individual development financial institutions that finance the project.

Contact Information
This section aims to support the local communities and local CSO to get to know which stakeholders are involved in a project with their roles and responsibilities. If available, there may be a complaint office for the respective bank which operates independently to receive and determine violations in policy and practice. Independent Accountability Mechanisms receive and respond to complaints. Most Independent Accountability Mechanisms offer two functions for addressing complaints: dispute resolution and compliance review.

ADB Team Leader:

Inez Mikkelsen-Lopez - Senior Health Specialist

No contacts available at the time of disclosure.

Implementing Agency - Ministry of Finance & Economic Management:

Address: PMB 9031, Port Vila, Vanuatu
Phone: +678 22605 / +678 23032


You can submit an information request for project information at:

ADB has a two-stage appeals process for requesters who believe that ADB has denied their request for information in violation of its Access to Information Policy. You can learn more about filing an appeal at:


The Accountability Mechanism is an independent complaint mechanism and fact-finding body for people who believe they are likely to be, or have been, adversely affected by an Asian Development Bank-financed project. If you submit a complaint to the Accountability Mechanism, they may investigate to assess whether the Asian Development Bank is following its own policies and procedures for preventing harm to people or the environment. You can learn more about the Accountability Mechanism and how to file a complaint at:

How it works

How it works