The Project’s objective is to prevent, detect, and respond to the threat posed by COVID-19 and strengthen the preparedness of the national public health system in Belarus.
The Project is proposed under the COVID-19 Crisis Recovery Facility (CRF) of AIIB. AIIB’s support will help the Government of Belarus scale up its ongoing efforts to respond to the health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and be better prepared for future disease outbreaks. The Project will consist of the following two components:
AIIB’s Environmental and Social Policy (ESP) including the Environmental and Social Standards (ESSs) and Environmental and Social Exclusion List (ESEL) apply to this Project.
The Project has been assigned Category B, since the risks and impacts are minimal, temporary, reversible and localized. Key project risks are manifested in management of medical waste and occupational health and safety associated with minor construction works to enable installation medical equipment. Environmental and Social Standard (ESS) 1 has been triggered and as required by the Bank’s Policy an Environmental and Social Management Planning Framework (ESMPF) and a Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) will be prepared.
The E&S due diligence, impact, and risk management for the Project has been carried out in accordance with the ESP. The main environmental risks associated with the Project are: (i) the occupational health and safety issues due to shortage of PPEs for health care workers involved in the COVID-19–related logistical supply chains; and (ii) environmental pollution and community health and safety issues related to the handling, transportation and disposal of medical waste.
Both the (draft) ESMPF and the (draft) SEP will be available in English and Russian and their summaries have been disclosed on the AIIB and MoH websites. These instruments will also be made available in hard copies in the Project areas. The SEP will guide the implementation of a communication outreach campaign in line with Government’s measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Project will rely on the existing functional Grievance Redress Mechanism GRM of the Ministry of Health, including the online inquiry form and the dedicated hotline. A project-level GRM will be included as a component of the ESMPF.
Infrastructure Sector Economist
Minister of Health of the Republic of Belarus
Republican Scientific and Practical Center for Medical Technologies, Informatization, Administration and Management of Health