Tuesday 19th January 2021

World Bank Grants USD 29 Mn to Nepal Against COVID-19

The project aims at improving healthcare facilities across Nepal to tackle coronavirus.





World Bank Grants USD 29 Mn to Nepal Against COVID-19

In a bid to support Nepal during the coronavirus pandemic, the World Bank has approved a fast-track USD 29 million ‘COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project’.

The project agreement was signed by the Nepali Finance Secretary Sishir Kumar Dhungana and the World Bank Country Manager for Nepal Faris Hadad-Zervos on April 7, 2020.

The project aims at improving healthcare facilities in Nepal to prevent, detect and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic on par with the WHO guidelines.

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World Bank Group and Nepal Partnership

Primary Goals of the Project-

  • Equip healthcare facilities with personal protective equipment and hygienic materials
  • Improve ‘COVID-19 diagnostic capacity’ of Laboratories
  • Prepare National Public Health Laboratory to tackle harmful infectious diseases
  • Setup new intensive care units, beds and isolation facilities across the nation

“We are thankful to the World Bank for the response in a record short period of time, which will help Nepal respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen our capacities to deal with future public health risks,” expressed Sishir Kumar.

“Given the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government’s rapid response will help save lives across Nepal,” said Faris Hadad-Zervos.

“The World Bank and its development partners are committed to helping Nepal beef up its health infrastructure and access the resources it needs to fight the spread of COVID-19 and protect the livelihoods of its people” he added.

The project is funded by the International Development Association (IDA) through the World Bank Group’s COVID-19 Fast-Track Facility.

The Nepali Ministry of Health and Population will implement the project.

So far, Nepal has reported only 9 coronavirus infection cases. However, the country is at high risk as it lacks adequate healthcare facilities to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

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As of today, coronavirus has infected 1,438,715 people and claimed 82,385 lives globally. However, 309,937 patients have recovered from the infection.

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