Second Additional Financing to Nepal COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project (WB-P178205)

  • South Asia
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
  • Nepal
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Voting Date
Nov 16, 2021
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Government of Nepal
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  • Education and Health
  • Law and Government
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 18.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 18.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS May 9, 2022

Disclosed by Bank Jan 12, 2022

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Project Description
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According to  World Bank documents, the objective of the proposed investment is to "prevent, detect and respond to the threat posed by COVID-19 and to strengthen national systems for public health preparedness in Nepal." 

It will achieve this objective by supporting the Government of Nepal, and specifically the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), to (i) provide emergency COVID- 19 response for better case detection, confirmation, contact tracing, recording, and reporting as well for strengthening health system for enhanced case diagnosis and treatment, focusing on critical hospital and laboratory infrastructure needed for COVID-19 and other public health emergencies; (ii) support community engagement and risk communication; (iii) strengthen the MoHP and its emergency coordination and implementation structures to improve the coordination of the response, monitor and learn from the response, and as well as to support project implementation including procurement, financial management, undertaking of the Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) and compliance with the Environment and Social Commitment Plan (ECSP); and (iv) enable the government, following an eligible crisis or event, to request the Bank to re-allocate project funds to support additional emergency response through Contingency Emergency Response Component.

Combined with the parent project, this AF will enhance Nepal’s systems for disease surveillance, containment and control of infectious diseases; and specifically finance the procurement and deployment additional six million Pfizer Bion-Tech vaccines.

The environmental risks rating of the AF and the parent project remain Substantial due to concerns about occupational health and safety (OHS) for workers and the potential for improper handling and disposal of medical waste and bio-hazards which could injure human health.

Other environmental impacts which have become apparent and predictable through the parent project are: (i) community health and safety (CHS) concerns; (ii) disposal of hazardous waste generated from quarantine and isolation centers, laboratories, and screening posts could include contaminated fluids (e.g. blood) and infected materials such as reagents, syringes, empty vials and laboratory solutions; and (iii)waste generation.

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Ministry of Health and Population

The Secretary
Government of Nepal

The Secretary, Ministry of Finance

Sangeeta Carol Pinto,

Senior Operations Officer, Human Development

Telephone No: 5770+6136 / 977-1-4236136

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