Support to the National Response to contain the impact of COVID-19

Situational Analysis

The Government of Mongolia took early action in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 in China.  In late January, the Government imposed stringent measures including closing schools and restricting public meetings, movements and banning of all international flights, road and rail passenger traffic. Which Mongolia extended the high alert state until the end of 2020. As of 04 Nov, 352 persons have been tested positive for COVID-19, all of whom are imported cases of which 314 have recovered.  There is no community transmission to date.  Many of restrictions are still valid and expected to stay in place for an extended period. Student holiday starts early on Dec 18 and will continue until Feb 1st. In the case of a COVID-19 outbreak, the government is prepared to reinitiate online schooling. Government decided to release the domestic restrictions and to continue monthly child allowance until June 2021. Daily life in Mongolia has gradually returned to resembling that of pre-COVID-19 conditions

Though the virus is not widespread in the Mongolia, the extensive prevention measures are resulting in significant economic and social impact, especially on vulnerable groups. On a brief released by ADB on 6th March 2020, on the economic impact on Asia of COVID-19, Mongolia is listed as the 6th economy in the region that will most likely be affected in a moderate case scenario, followed by China. Asian Development Outlook 2020 introduced a new estimation of Mongolia’s economic growth in 2020 and anticipated a reduction of -2.6% from initial projection of 6%. ADB estimates economic growth to recover in 2021 as regional economies rebound resulting in economic growth projection in 2021 to be at 5,1%.

* As of 04 November, 2020

 

News

UNDP to provide 200 thousand USD for Mongolia's COVID-19 response. 

On May 26, Deputy Prime Minister U.Enkhtuvshin met with Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Mongolia Elaine Conkievich. 

It was informed at the meeting that additional 200 thousand USD will be provided to Mongolia from the Rapid Response Facility fund launched by UNDP to help countries expedite and facilitate COVID-19 response. 

 

Areas of intervention

 

Socio- Economic Impact and Needs Assessment

A Socio-economic impact study was rolled out jointly with government and in close collaboration with UN Agencies. It assesses the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 prevention measures on poor and vulnerable groups, looking at the situation of women and youth in particular, to inform targeted service measures by the government to mitigate the socio-economic effects of COVID-19.prevention measures in the country.

 

Inclusive and Integrated Crisis Management and Response

UNDP is assisting the recovery of COVID-19  prevention measures based on build back better principles.

  UNDP Rapid Response Funding has been mobilized to assist the Government in developing a national COVID-19 recovery strategy that comprehensively responds to economic and social dimensions. 

UNDP  is also providing support to disrupted value chains with a focus on the cashmere and dairy sectors

 

Health Systems' and Procurement Support

In line with UNDP’s global experience in providing procurement support services to countries, UNDP Mongolia has offered to the Government of Mongolia and international financial institutions in country to facilitate procurement of health related items through our corporate procurement systems, which can bring efficiency and cost-effectiveness to procurements in the health sector needed for COVID-19.

Budget

Areas of Intervention

Resources Available to UNDP for response and recovery

Socio-economic needs assessment and response

 

USD $ 50,000

Inclusive and integrated crisis management and response

 

USD  $ 312,600

Health System Support

 

Total

USD $ 362,600

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