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Africa’s Anti-COVID Crusade

Zimbabwe’s Efforts Gets Booster

…….As AfDB Comes handy with 13.7 m Grant

Report: Mohammed Abu,ADM,Accra

 The  Board of Directors of Africa’s premier bank,the African Development Bank(AfDB), has approved USD13.7 million grant for Zimbabwe as provision for the country’s  immediate lifeline for targeted frontline responders and health personnel and boost the country’s Global Health Security Index in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Approval for the grant was made on May 13 th , after a request from the Zimbabwe Government. The funds, from the African Development Fund (ADF) 14 Transition Support Facility, will go to Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 Response Project (CRP), which aims to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on a country which is facing many economic and social challenges.

The CRP will focus on 15 high-density urban suburbs in Harare the capital, satellite townships and targeted health facilities in other areas of the country.

Activities under the project include boosting capacity in COVID-19 prevention and management protocols for healthcare personnel and populations in targeted regions, and increasing access to COVID-19 hand washing facilities in Harare, satellite townships and other affected regions.

These were contained in a Press Release issued by the bank on Friday,May 15, in the Ivorian commercial capital of Abidjan.

The project,the release disclosed,,, will also supply COVID-19 medical equipment and laboratory test kits, personal protective equipment (PPEs); set up hand washing facilities through rehabilitation/construction of boreholes; and training of healthcare personnel and laboratory technicians at community level on COVID-19 prevention and case management protocols.

“The project which will be implemented by the World Health Organization, with the country’s Ministry of Health and Child Care acting as executing agency, is expected to directly benefit over 680,000 people”

“It will leverage on planned activities to contribute to strengthening the resilience of the health system, while protecting the livelihoods of the vulnerable population in Zimbabwe beyond the end of the pandemic”

Zimbabwe,it  noted,is currently facing additional vulnerability challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The nation like many others across the globe, has responded with a raft of measures aimed at containing the spread of the virus, including restricting movement of people and ordering social distancing in public places like shopping malls and public transport.

“The country’s current national lockdown includes school closures, restricted movement of people, restricted business operating times and the closure of public restaurants and churches. Public gatherings have been limited to 50 people.”the release added.

About the African Development Bank Group:
The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) (www.AfDB.org) is Africa’s premier development finance institution. It comprises three distinct entities: the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF). On the ground in 44 African countries with an external office in Japan, the AfDB contributes to the economic development and the social progress of its 54 regional member states. For more information: j.mp/AfDB_Media

About the author

MOHAMMED ABU

Chief Correspondent,,West Africa Region,African Development magazine

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