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Information on the PNGCOVID-19 Emergency Response Project

Summary Background on the PNG COVID19 Emergency Response Project

The Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG) has secured US$20 million IDA credits allocated from the World Bank through the Fast Track Covid-19 Response Program for the COVID-19 Emergency Reponses Project (the Project). The Project reflects the emergency response under the COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Program (SPRP) and aims to prevent, detect and respond to the threat posed by COVID-19 and strengthen national systems for public health in PNG by improving emergency preparedness and response, strengthening health systems, and managing implementation and monitoring and evaluation. The Project will have a national footprint, although some activities are restricted to 10 priority provinces.

The Project objectives are aligned to the results chain of the COVID-19 SPRP. This project is prepared under the global framework of the World Bank COVID-19 Response financed under the Fast Track COVID-19 Facility.

The Projects Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) was prepared to guide the Project Coordination Unit (PCU) and the Sub-component project Proponents on the environmental and social screening processes and subsequent assessment during implementation, including activity-specific plans in accordance with the World Bank Environmental and Social Framework (ESF). The ESMF is supported by the Infection Prevention Control and Waste Management Plan (IPC&WMP), Code of Environmental and Social Practice (CoESP), Labour Management Procedure (LMP), Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP). A Grievances Redress Mechanism has also been prepared to manage grievances associated with the Project.

PNGCOVID-19 Emergency Response Project (P173834) Additional Financing (P174717)

Information on the Impact Health Project

This background information will accompany the Environmental & Social Management Framework, Stakeholder Engagement Framework and Social Assessment Framework.

The objective of the above-referenced Project (IMPACT Health) which is under preparation, is to contribute to the improvement of access to and use of quality essential health services in selected provinces in PNG. In order to do so, the proposed Project includes a combination of input-based investments to strengthen health systems, and results-based financing using Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs).

In line with the request from the Government of PNG, many elements of the support through the Project are national, and intensive support is to be provided to a set of four Provinces that are to be identified based on agreed criteria.

The proposed Project is envisaged to be financed through a US$30 million IDA Credit. The proposed PPG of AU$ 1 million is to be provided by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through the Papua New Guinea Strategic Partnership Multi-Donor Trust Fund administered by the World Bank.

The Government of PNG is committed to undertake project preparation. The National Department of Health (NDOH) has been identified as the implementing agency of the PPG.

NDOH will carry out the preparation and implementation readiness activities in accordance with World Bank Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers dated July 2016 (revised November 2017 and August 2018), and relevant national legislation.

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