ADB's Focus on Health
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Policies that promote and facilitate health and overall wellness are vital for Asia and the Pacific’s recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, according to the theme chapter of the Asian Development Outlook 2020 Update released by ADB.
Experts agree that safely restarting economies hinges on widespread COVID-19 testing. But what does that mean across countries with varying testing capacities?
ADB has allocated a $600,000 grant from the Health System Enhancement Project to the Government of Sri Lanka to finance preventive and response efforts to fight a potential novel COVID-19 outbreak. ADB has also approved a $3 million grant to the Philippine government and a $3 million grant to Indonesia’s government to support response to the COVID-19 pandemic.?Learn more about ADB’s COVID-19 response
ADB launched an Operational Plan for Health 2015-2020 in June 2015. The plan describes how ADB will support developing member countries in achieving universal health coverage. Key priorities are in investing in health infrastructure, health governance and financing - all underpinned by investments in information and communications technology and public-private partnerships.
The plan provides a focused approach for addressing the health needs of ADB developing member countries by leveraging loans and grants to achieve Universal Health Coverage through strategic investments in health infrastructure, health sector governance, and health financing.