Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) Mobile Isolation Unit - Dominica

The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica (GoCD) is implementing the Emergency Agriculture Livelihoods and Climate Resilience Project (EALCRP) and the OECS Regional Health Project (OECSRHP) with funding from the World Bank Group (WBG). The objectives of the OECSRHP are to improve the resilience of the health system and to improve the responsiveness of health service delivery during public health emergencies. There are three Components of the OECSRHP, which are:

  • Improved health facilities and laboratory strengthening
  • Strengthening public health surveillance and emergency management and
  • Institutional capacity building, project management and coordination
  • A fourth component, with a zero (0) allocation, called the contingency emergency response component (CERC) will be activated in the event of a nationally declared emergency. The Mobile Isolation Units are being purchased under this 4th component

Under component 4, efforts are to include Emergency Equipment - to enhance health emergency and disaster response efforts - such as mobile mass casualty response vehicle retrofitted to act as part of the Advanced Medical Post, mobile decontamination chambers, stretchers, small equipment and supplies. At this time the GoCD is enhancing its capacity to control and mitigate against the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. This activity is centered on the acquisition, deployment and operation of a Mobile Isolation Unit (MIU). The environmental and social risks of this activity are addressed under the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) for the project, as amended, to include additional safety measures for the pandemic under the Contingency Emergency Response Component (CERC). Funding for the MIU is from the EALCRP.

Based on the screening conducted for this project (see Annex 1), an Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) is required to identify and appropriately manage environmental and social risk. This ESMP is prepared to provide processes that the implementing agencies (Local Government Authorities, and Healthcare Facilities Management) will follow to ensure the protection of healthcare workers, waste handlers, and the community from environmental and social risks associated with the Mobile Isolation Unit (MIU) activity, such as waste management, infection control, health and safety, and providing timely and clear public information. The ESMP will ensure that the MIU project is done in compliance with national and regional environmental regulations, and consistent with international best practices and World Bank safeguards policies, and the environmental and social management framework created for the project.

Read the entire Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) Mobile Isolation Unit - Dominica (PDF, 1,459 KB) document.

Posted: 17/06/2020