Multinational - Strengthening West Africa’s Public Health Systems Response to the Ebola Crisis (SWAPHS)

Project Summary

Approval Date 18 Aug 2014
Signature Date 18 Sep 2015
Planned Completion Date 30 Mar 2018
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Mar 2018
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 12250
Commitment U.A 10,000,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The proposed project aims to contribute to ongoing efforts to reduce morbidity, mortality and to break the chain of transmission of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) by strengthening sub-regional public health systems. The EVD, formerly known as Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever (EHF) is a severe, often fatal illness in humans with a case fatality rate of up to 90%. This is a threat to the development and national security of the West Africa region. The affected countries lack the requisite state resources and capacity to adequately manage this outbreak compounded by institutional weaknesses and weak governance systems. In the short term, the Bank’s assistance will support the EVD Outbreak Response Plan of West Africa (July to December 2014). The main objectives of this plan are to: i) Stop transmission of EVD in the affected countries through scaling up effective evidence-based outbreak control measures and ii) Prevent the spread of EVD to atrisk neighbouring countries by strengthening epidemic preparedness and response measures. In the long term (2015-2017) the assistance will contribute to overall strengthening of public health systems in West African countries to facilitate early detection and response to potential threats arising from epidemic and pandemic prone diseases. This project will thus strengthen regional public health capacity to implement appropriate interventions to control the EVD outbreak in the sub region. The total cost net of taxes and duties, is estimated at UA 40 million.

Project Objectives

The project is centred on three broad strategic outcomes; building human resource capacity and systems for emergency response and preparedness, infrastructure development and strengthening governance and regional institutions. In the short term, the project will support strengthening of technical capacity to deal with the immediate outbreak response interventions. In the long term, public health systems will be strengthened in epidemiological surveillance and response systems to deal with the current and potential future epidemics. Sub regional capacity will be enhanced for effective coordination of the outbreak response activities at all levels.


The project will directly benefit the estimated 321 million people in the ECOWAS sub region. Specifically the beneficiaries of the assistance are the people of the Republic of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria and their neighbouring countries (Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger, Togo, Benin, Mali, Senegal, Gambia, and Cape Verde).

Participating Organization

Fragile States Facility


IATI identifier 46002-P-GN-IBE-002
Last Update 16 May 2021


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Geographic Location

Country Guinea