Mongolia, ADB Sign a Project to Improve Access to Quality Health Services in Ulaanbaatar and Provinces

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2019-12-27 16:35 GMT+8

ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA (27 December 2019) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Mongolia today signed a $80 million loan and grant agreements to provide high-quality health care services in selected disadvantaged ger areas of Ulaanbaatar city, and provinces. This is the first project of $158.34 million investment program on Improving Access to Health Services for Disadvantaged Groups.

The Minister of Finance Mr. Khurelbaatar Chimed and ADB Deputy Country Director for Mongolia Mr. Declan Magee signed the agreement at a ceremony in Ulaanbaatar. Representatives from the ministries of finance and health witnessed the event.

“Improving people’s access to health services has always been a priority in ADB’s operations in the country,” said Mr. Magee. “The project supports the Government of Mongolia’s commitment to universal health coverage and is in line with the operational priorities of ADB’s long-term strategy – Strategy 2030.”

The investment program is ADB’s first multitranche financing facility in the health sector in Mongolia. The program consists of three projects that will establish two district hospitals in Chingeltei and Khan-Uul districts in Ulaanbaatar by linking in- and outpatient services for surgery, obstetrics, gynecology and other disciplines.

The program will expand Khovd and Uvs provincial hospitals, upgrade the National Ambulance Call Center and establish 10 family health centers in Ulaanbaatar and six provincial-level health centers to strengthen primary health care. It will also support health financing reform to ensure more efficient use of resources to meet the medium- and long-term needs of the sector. 

With support from the Japan Fund for the Joint Crediting Mechanism, one of ADB’s trust funds, innovative low-carbon technologies such as energy efficient heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, ground source heat pumps, solar power generation, and smart green design will be introduced to one of the district hospitals and selected family health centers.

ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. In 2018, it made commitments of new loans and grants amounting to $21.6 billion. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region.

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