Lebanon Health Resilience Project in Collaboration with the World Bank: Strengthen Capacity to Respond to COVID-19
Restructuring of Lebanese Health Resilience Project
Lebanon Health Resilience Project (LHRP) was initiated by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in 2017 with the support of the World Bank (WB). LHRP will undergo a restructuring to support the Government Of Lebanon (GOL) to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The restructuring responds to a request from the GOL dated March 27, 2020 to add a new component to the Project on COVID-19 preparedness and response (Component 4) that will allow for immediate support to assess country preparedness, multi-sectoral response capabilities, and to finance the procurement of medical goods and equipment, and capacity-building and training of health workers and front-line responders. An Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) was prepared for the Project, consulted on, disclosed and cleared by the World Bank (WB) in May 2019 . The WB team requested an update of the ESMF in the form of an addendum that tackles the additional environmental, health and safety measures that need to be considered to cover the environmental and social risks under Component 4.
 The ESMF was disclosed as Environmental and Social Safeguard Framework (ESSF). In this document both terms ESMF and ESSF refer to the same report disclosed on May 2019 on the WB website....
New World Bank Loan: Strengthening Lebanon's COVID-19 Response Project
Due to the unmet need for vaccines and the financial limitation of the GOL to meet the increasing health care needs, the “Strengthening Lebanon’s COVID-19 Response Project” will finance further purchase and deployment of equitable COVID-19 vaccines and needed supplies and activities to support the GOL COVID-19 response.
Strengthening Lebanon’s COVID-19 Response Project has a budget of US$29M and duration of two years and comprises the following components:
• Component 1 – Procurement of COVID-19 vaccines and deployment:
This component will support the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines and related deployment activities.
• Component 2- COVID-19 prevention, detection and case management:
This component will support other COVID-19 prevention, detection and case management activities.
• Component 3 – System Strengthening, Monitoring and Management: This component will finance the project management unit, which includes at least: (i) financial management officers (FM), (ii) procurement and due diligence team; (iii) environmental and social officers; (iv) monitoring and evaluation officers and vi) Coordination. In addition, the component will support activities aimed at strengthening the health system in critical areas such as information systems, public health surveillance capacity, supply management/logistics, and expansion of primary health care settings.