Up to EUR 200 million sovereign loan to the Republic of Turkey, for the benefit of the Ministry of Health (MoH), to finance the purchase of ventilators and ICU monitors, and other emergency medical equipment urgently needed in public hospitals to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. The project will be subject to the EBRD's standard approval procedures and accordingly, the structure, size and/or use of proceeds may be subject to change. Any financing by the Bank will be subject to formal approval, inter alia, by the Bank's management and Board of Directors, negotiation and execution of appropriate financing documentation and fulfilment of applicable conditions precedent.
The project aims to support the Government of Turkey in uplifting its healthcare emergency response in public hospitals across the country and to help the emergency response efforts against the Covid-19 crisis. The loan proceeds will be used to equip Turkey's existing and new public hospitals built to provide adequate and timely healthcare services to the pandemic patients.
The project supplements the ICU bed capacity in the country, including in Istanbul pandemic hospital in Yesilkoy. This pandemic hospital along with other Covid-19 hospitals will remain in service for possible future waves of Covid-19 cases, as well as other emergencies related to earthquakes, risk of which is particularly high in the country and requires ample sector capacity.
The project reduces the funding gap of the government's emergency health programme and is complementary to other loans provided by IFIs in the country to fight the pandemic.
ETI score: 60
The project contributes to the "resilient" quality by providing financing to strengthen the resilience of the health system amid the Covid-19 pandemic. This investment will allow the health sector to respond more effectively to the crisis and build capacity to respond to other health emergencies in the future.
The project also contributes to the "inclusive" quality by aiming to improve and upgrade training provision for healthcare workers in Turkey and strengthen gender equality in the sector, building on a close mutual coordination with MoH.
The Ministry of Health will be the beneficiary of the loan and is responsible for proposing and executing government policy on health, planning and providing healthcare and protecting patients. The Ministry of Treasury and Finance will be the borrower and represents the Republic of Turkey.
EBRD Finance Summary
A sovereign loan with a grace period of 2-3 years and a tenor of up to 12-15 years.
Total Project Cost
The the loan will be provided in parallel with a World Bank crisis response - a sovereign loan to the health sector which helps reduce the funding gap for the government's response programme. The EBRD's collaboration with the World Bank ensures complementarity and efficient project implementation.
The Bank is additional thanks to:
-Policy, sector, institutional, or regulatory change
-Standard-setting: helping projects and clients achieve higher standards
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B under the 2019 Environmental and Social Policy. Key Environmental & Social (E&S) risks and impacts to consider include: infection management, health and safety risks for patients, medical staff, laboratory staff and communities in due course of handling of tests, medical waste management and E&S management of the Ministry of Health. E&S due diligence will be undertaken by the Bank's E&S specialists and will include a review of the Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) carried out recently by the World Bank for a similar project in Turkey; questionnaires and interviews.
ESDD will also review any key risks associated with the construction of the new pandemic hospital in Istanbul.
This section of PSD will be updated once the ESDD is completed.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
A comprehensive Technical Cooperation (TC) package includes a Gender and Economic Inclusion TC, which aims at fostering an inclusive environment for healthcare workers in close collaboration with MoH, as well as a project implementation support TC, aiming to leverage MoH's implementation capacity for an efficient delivery of the project.
Company Contact Information
Izzet Yerdes (Ministry of Treasury and Finance General Directorate of Foreign Economic Relations)
+90 312 204 73 62
Inönü Bulvari No:36 06510 Emek/Ankara
PSD last updated
22 May 2020
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