Central Africa: World Bank Provides $ 280 Million to Strengthen Health Surveillance

The World Bank Group this week approved two grants from the International Development Association (IDA) * and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), worth 220 $ 60 million to strengthen health systems and ensure the effectiveness of health surveillance in Central Africa. This is the fourth project funded under the Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Strengthening Program (or REDISSE).

Multisectoral, the REDISSE program aims to strengthen national and regional capacities for managing threats at the interface between humans, animals and ecosystems, source of most known and new pathogens that can cause epidemics.

“The program addresses gaps and weaknesses in disease surveillance, preparedness and response systems in the participating countries [Angola, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo and Chad] and supports initiatives undertaken by authorities to strengthen the resilience of human and animal health systems to better prevent and control outbreaks, “said Jean-Christophe Carret, director of World Bank operations for the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and Burundi.

This new project will serve as a high-level platform to harmonize policy decisions and regulatory measures by focusing on a cross-cutting approach to improve cooperation and coordination of disease surveillance and anticipation of epidemics in Central Africa. Above all, it will strengthen the capacity of public health systems in the participating countries. Lastly, a system will make it possible, if necessary, to quickly release funds in the face of epidemic outbreaks or other health emergencies.

This fourth operation complements other World Bank-funded initiatives to strengthen health systems, health security and pandemic preparedness in Africa.

“We welcome the extension of the REDISSE program to Central Africa, while the Democratic Republic of Congo is currently battling the second largest Ebola outbreak in history, and its neighbors are strengthening their capacity to monitoring and response to reduce the risk of cross-border contamination, says Deborah Wetzel, World Bank Director for Regional Integration for Africa, the Middle East and North Africa. This new project is part of our strategy to promote collective actions in the face of fragility risks. It will help recipient countries deal with some of the most serious diseases and save lives. “

With the approval of this new funding envelope, the REDISSE program now represents a significant investment of $ 662 million for the World Bank Group in support of disease surveillance, diagnostic capacity and human resource emergency response systems. The envelope will be distributed as follows: $ 60 million for Angola, $ 15 million for the Central African Republic, $ 150 million for the Democratic Republic of Congo, $ 15 million for the Republic of Congo and $ 30 million for the Republic of Congo. dollars for Chad. The General Secretariat of the Economic Community of Central African States, which will host the project implementing entity, is also allocated $ 10 million.

* The International Development Association (IDA) is the World Bank institution that helps the poorest countries in the world. Founded in 1960, it provides low-interest, interest-free grants and loans for projects and programs that stimulate economic growth, reduce poverty and improve the lives of the poor. IDA is one of the largest donors to the world’s 76 poorest countries, 39 of which are in Africa. Its resources benefit concretely 1.6 billion people. Since its creation, IDA has supported development activities in 113 countries. The annual volume of its commitments has averaged $ 21 billion over the past three years, with about 61% of this amount going to Africa.

Source: World Bank