ADB, India Sign $3 million Grant to Strengthen country’s COVID-19 Response
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India have signed agreement for a $3 million grant to strengthen the country’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The grant is financed from ADB’s Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund (APDRF) following a $75 million contribution to the fund from the Government of Japan.
The agreement was recently signed by Juhi Mukherjee, Director (ADB), Department of Economic Affairs, in the Government of India’s Ministry of Finance and Takeo Konishi, Country Director for ADB in India.
“ADB grant will contribute to the ongoing efforts of Government of India to strengthen disease surveillance and containment with active case identification at Points of Entry (POEs) as part of national strategy to prevent entry of new COVID-19 cases,” said Ms. Mukherjee.
“The grant will reinforce the government’s COVID-19 response through procurement of thermal scanners to strengthen POEs before the country unlocks its borders to international travel,” said Mr. Konishi. “This support will enhance disease surveillance and facilitate early detection, contact tracing and treatment.”
UNICEF India will be the implementing partner for the ADB grant for which a separate administrative agreement was signed today between ADB and UNICEF India. Mr. Konishi signed the agreement on behalf of ADB while Yasmin Ali Haque, Representative, UNICEF India, signed for the UN agency.
This new grant complements earlier COVID-19 assistance provided by ADB to India amounting to $1.5 billion under COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support (CARES) Program. The support focused on immediate pandemic response efforts, including disease containment and prevention, as well as social protection measures for the poor and economically vulnerable, particularly women and disadvantaged groups.