ASHGABAT, July 9, 2021 – The World Bank approved $ 20 million from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) for the Turkmenistan COVID-19 Response Project. The funding will strengthen the country’s response and preparedness efforts in the face of the health and social risks of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In particular, the World Bank will support priority activities under the National pandemic preparedness and response plan, which strengthen country-level coordination, improve risk communication and community awareness, and strengthen testing, response capacities, infection prevention and control, and case management practices in health facilities .
“The COVID-19 pandemic has posed an unprecedented threat to hard-won development gains around the world, including in Turkmenistan, calling for urgent and decisive action,” said Jan-Peter Olters, World Bank Country Director for Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. “By collaborating in the response to COVID-19, Turkmenistan will be better prepared to improve the quality of health care and increase access to it and to take a more holistic approach to deliver health services in an efficient and inclusive manner. “
Turkmenistan will improve and improve its capacity to respond to COVID-19 with project activities focused on strengthening and improving access to health services and the provision of COVID-19-related care to all citizens, including including vulnerable population groups. The proposed investments are expected to generate benefits beyond the pandemic response, including improving information systems to monitor infectious diseases, building strong infection control capacity in healthcare facilities and introducing innovations. in the provision of health services.
In addition, the project will support the purchase of medical, diagnostic, waste management equipment and essential supplies, such as test kits, laboratory reagents and drugs. Medical staff will receive training in COVID-19 care and infection prevention, as well as longer-term capacity building in intensive care delivery. To support these efforts, the project will join forces with other development partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and relevant United Nations agencies.
By procuring climate-smart lab technology, the project contributes to overall climate change goals. In the longer term, the project will provide training activities for public health specialists to improve their ability to detect future epidemics, including those caused by climate-related diseases.
The Ministry of Health and Medical Industry and its Division of Sanitary and Epidemiological Safety and Control will play a key role in the coordination and implementation of project activities. The Government of Turkmenistan will partner with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) which will act as the executing entity of the project.
The World Bank, one of the largest sources of finance and knowledge for developing countries, is taking broad and swift action to help developing countries respond to the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19. This includes $ 12 billion to help low- and middle-income countries purchase and distribute COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatment, and strengthen immunization systems. The funding builds on the World Bank Group’s broader response to COVID-19, which is helping more than 100 countries strengthen their health systems, support the poorest households and create enabling conditions to maintain livelihoods and jobs for those hardest hit.
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