Angola - Emergency Humanitarian Aid for the fight against Marburg Haemorrhagic Fever

Project Summary

Approval Date 28 Sep 2005
Signature Date 23 Nov 2005
Planned Completion Date 30 Nov 2006
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2006
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 12250
Commitment U.A 325,928.24
Status Completion

Project General Description

Marburg hemorrhagic fever is a serious disease associated with a very high case fatality rate. There is no vaccine or appropriate treatment for this viral disease. Despite several years of extensive investigations with tests on hundreds of animals and insects, researchers have not been able to identify an animal reservoir or environmental source. The first cases of Marburg haemorrhagic fever in Uige Province date back to October 2004, however confirmation of Marburg virus infection by laboratory tests was not made until March 2005. Due to this situation, case reporting was not reported by the health authorities of Uige Province until April 2005. The first cases of the disease were registered in the city of Uige, the capital of the Province. The epidemic then spread to the entire Province located 300 km from Luanda, and then, due to the mobility of the population, to those of Luanda, Cabinda, Kwanza Norte and Kwanza Sul. The Angolan epidemic outbreak is the second observed after that of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the African populations since the Marburg virus was detected in 1967 and it is the most important in terms of high morbidity and mortality and the fact that it is the first to occur in an urban environment.

Project Objectives

The objective of the emergency aid project will be achieved through actions in the following areas, namely : (i) care of hospitalized patients under medical supervision and (ii) social mobilization, sensitization and IEC/BCC activities. The maximum duration planned for the execution of the operation is 12 months and the resources needed to finance the operation will come from the Emergency Relief Fund.


This grant will be used to finance the care of patients currently under medical supervision and the strengthening of the surveillance and epidemiological control of Marburg fever, in order to better prevent any resurgence of the epidemic. The populations of the 18 municipalities of the Province of Uige, as well as those of the four other Provinces (Cabinda, Kwanza Norte and Kwanza Sul) and Luanda, the capital of Angola where cases have been reported, will be the direct beneficiaries of the Bank's assistance. In addition, the populations of the Province of Uige, the main victims of the consequences of the civil war, including women, widows, orphans, children under five years of age, displaced and confined persons, and war cripples will be the main beneficiaries of the project.

Participating Organization

Special Relief Funds
Bureau de l’OMS/Luanda
Ministère de la Santé
Délégation provinciale de la santé de Uige chargée de la gestion des épidémies


IATI identifier 46002-P-AO-IBE-001
Last Update 03 Mar 2021


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Geographic Location

Country Angola