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Hungary: Emergency Assistance for Healthcare Expenditures

SUMMARY

STATUS
Approved
MEMBER
Hungary
SECTOR
CRF-Public Health
E&S CATEGORY
Category B
PROJECT NUMBER
000522

FINANCING

APPROVED FUNDING
USD216.1 million
FINANCING TYPE
Sovereign

TIMELINE

CONCEPT REVIEW
July 28, 2021
FINANCING APPROVAL
August 26, 2021
LATEST FIELD VISIT
May 2022

OBJECTIVE

To strengthen the public health emergency response infrastructure in Hungary and to improve pandemic preparedness.

DESCRIPTION

The Project will finance medical and pharmaceutical supplies, testing supplies for COVID-19 emergency response, as well as the refurbishment of national and regional hospitals in Budapest.

Component 1 - Building Case Management Capacity: procurement of oxygen therapy devices, vital sign monitors, personal protective equipment (PPE), and medications.

Component 2 - Strengthening Hospital Laboratory System: procurement of lab equipment, test kits, reagents, and other testing supplies.

Component 3 – Refurbishments of Hospital Buildings: refurbishment of 17 hospitals in Budapest, including hospitals designated for the case management of COVID-19 patients and essential hospitals required to remain open during the pandemic.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL INFORMATION

AIIB’s Environmental and Social Policy (ESP) including the Environmental and Social Exclusion List (ESEL) and relevant Environmental and Social Standards (ESSs) apply to this Project. Given the emergency nature of this Project, a phased approach for addressing environmental and social (ES) risks and impacts has been adopted, as permitted under the ESP for Situations of Urgent Need of Assistance.

The Project has been categorized as Category B and an Environmental and Social Management Planning Framework (ESMPF) will be used as the Project’s ES instrument. Under the provisions of Emergency Assistance, the ESMPF will be prepared within 30 days of loan effectiveness.

The ESMPF will cover the impacts from civil works construction under Component 3. It will include a review of national legislations, regulations and practices on environmental management of medical facilities, healthcare waste management and disposal, and hospital wastewater management. It will include screening of proposed activities for ES impacts, mitigation measures and actions for improving capacity and training of the Implementing Agencies’ staff. It will also provide measures to support equitable access to COVID-19 related services and supplies for women, the elderly and the disabled. A project level Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) will be included as an element of the ESMPF. The activities which are part of the retroactive financing (Components 1 and 2) consist mainly of procurement of goods.

An English version of the ESMPF and a summary in Hungarian, will be disclosed by the Client on its website and in hard copies in the Project areas. This documentation will also be disclosed on AIIB’s website.

PROJECT TEAM LEADER

Zacharias Ziegelhöfer

Infrastructure Sector Economist

zziegelhoefer@aiib.org

 

Natalia Carla Sanz

Senior Operations Specialist

natalia.sanz@aiib.org

BORROWER

Endre Török

Head of Unit
Department for International Finance
Ministry of Finance

npf@pm.gov.hu

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