ADB provides 2 million USD in assistance for education and healthcare improvement


Last Friday, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Ministry of Finance signed two technical assistance grant agreements, with aid totaling two million USD, to help Mongolia increase access to health services for disadvantaged groups and quality education services.
The grants are being provided by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction and will be administered by ADB. First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan, Fukasawa Hiroshi, was witness to the signing ceremony.
One million USD from the assistance will be invested in supporting and improving management and the rollout of ongoing education reforms aimed at addressing equitability issues in the sector. The remaining one million USD will be spent on increasing access to health services for disadvantaged groups living in ger areas in Ulaanbaatar.
“Mongolia has made significant strides in improving the accessibility of its health and education services, but there are still constraints facing some groups and this assistance will help the government ensure quality services are made available to those in need,” said Sangay Penjor, director of the Urban and Social Sectors Division in ADB’s East Asia Department.
The education assistance will be used to boost the capacity of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Institute of Education, sector reform teams, education departments and laboratory schools in nine districts of Ulaanbaatar and six provinces, including Dundgovi, Khentii, Khuvsgul, Orkhon, Uvs and Zavkhan. Municipal, provincial, and national level research will be carried out on school factors which influence the equity of access to quality education. Participants in these efforts will also develop measures to enhance equity of access to quality education, according to ADB.
ADB believes that the health grant will help increase the availability of primary and hospital health services to meet growing needs in ger areas of Ulaanbaatar. This will be followed up in a later ADB-assisted project to build ten additional family health centers and establish district hospitals in ger areas. The project will also improve the social health insurance system to increase access to services.
The education technical assistance project will be carried out over two years, through to July 2017, while the health project has an estimated completion date of August 2016.
In 2014, ADB’s approved assistance for Mongolia equaled 218.8 million USD, including four sovereign loans of 168.5 million USD, non-sovereign loans of 40 million USD, and 15 technical assistance grants totaling 10.31 million USD.

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