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African Development Bank donates $2M towards the fight against COVID-19 in Africa

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Akinwunmi Adesina

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Board of Directors has donated 2 million dollars to the World Health Organization in order to help the WHO’s capacity to aid countries in Africa in the fight the COVID-19 crisis.
The AfDB in a statement by its Communications and External Relations Department said the fund is geared towards helping alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bank stated that the fund was a grant and that it was donated as a response to the WHO’s international appeal, and that it will be used by the WHO to help make member countries in Africa to quickly prevent, detect, manage, and contain cases on the continent.

The development focused bank said that the fund was just one of the AfDB’s many interventions that they put in place to help member countries on the continent manage the pandemic.

The AfDB stated specifically that the WHO in Africa will utilize the funds to empower and build the capacity of 41 countries in Africa on areas like COVID-19 infection prevention, investigation, and management of cases.

“This grant will enable Regional Member Countries to put in place robust containment measures within 48 hours of COVID-19 case confirmation and also support the WHO Africa Region to disseminate information and increase public awareness in communities.

“The grant will contribute toward a 50 million dollars WHO Preparedness and Response Plan, which other partners including the United Nations system, are also supporting. “It is estimated that Africa will require billions of dollars to cushion the impact of the disease as many countries scramble together for contingency measures, including commercial lockdowns, in desperate efforts to contain it. “Globally, factories have been closed and workers sent home, disrupting supply chains, trade, travel, and driving many economies toward recession. “The Bank Group is expected to unveil a financial assistance package that will enable governments and businesses to undertake flexible responses to lessen the economic and social impact of this pandemic”

Saviour Adugba is a journalist by day and a poet by night. He is fascinated by the internet of things, virtual reality and connecting the dots for brands. Saviour is the Lead, Content Development at TechEconomy.ng.

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