AfDB approves US$13m grant for Zimbabwe
THE African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US$13,7 million grant to finance the Covid-19 response in Zimbabwe.
According to a statement by the bank, the funds will provide an 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.
AfDB said the funds, from the African Development Fund (ADF) 14 Transition Support Facility, are expected to benefit over 680 000 people and will be implemented by the World Health Organisation and the ministry of Health and Child Care as the executing agency.
“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,” AfDB said.
The project will also supply Covid-19 medical equipment and laboratory test kits, personal protective equipment (PPEs), set up handwashing 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.
Zimbabwe which is currently facing additional vulnerability challenges caused by Covid-19 pandemic, responded with a raft of measures aimed at containing the spread of the virus, including lockdown and social distancing.
The country’s current national lockdown includes school closures, restricted movement of people, restricted business operating times and the closure of pubs, restaurants, gyms and churches with public gatherings being limited to 50 people.