Sudan - COVID-19 Emergency Response Support Program (ERSP)

Project Summary

Approval Date 18 Nov 2020
Signature Date 10 Feb 2021
Planned Completion Date 31 Aug 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Multi-Sector
DAC Sector Code 11330
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 20,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The proposed operation is an ADF-15 grant of UA 18.75 million and TSF Pillar I grant of UA 1.25 million to the Republic of Sudan to finance operations of the Federal Ministry of Health of Sudan in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID- 19) pandemic across the country. The operation is aligned with Government of Sudan development objectives and COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan. It was appraised in June 2020 following a request from the Government of Sudan dated May 08, 2020. Indeed, Sudan experienced late transmission of COVID-19 and reported its first case on March 14, 2020. The numbers increased to 13,555 cases (6,759 recovered) and 836 deaths as at September 21, 2020. The project complements other COVID-19 response support that the Bank is providing to the East African Community (EAC), the InterGovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) under the auspices of the African Union (AU). The Sudan COVID-19 CRF will cover four components implemented at national and local levels. Its expected outcomes are enhanced capacity for treatment and care of COVID-19 patients; enhanced (national) capacity for testing, and surveillance for COVID-19; and heightened community awareness. The project will be implemented over one and half years (2020/2022) and its expected outcomes are enhanced capacity to contain COVID-19 and respond to future pandemics.

Project Objectives

The goal of this project is to strengthen the health systems of Sudan to contain the COVID19 pandemic and build resilience to respond to future pandemics including climate-induced outbreaks. The project will support the Sudan COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and response plan in the following areas: (a) strengthen health systems and build resilience to respond to COVID-19 crisis and other pandemics taking into consideration the fragility of the country; (b) strengthen the laboratory testing and surveillance capacity; and (c) enhance community engagement and risk communication and positive health.


The direct beneficiaries of the program will be: (i) Sudan population who will benefit from improved access PHC services; (ii) the healthcare workers who will be trained on COVID-19 prevention and case management protocols; (iii) health workers in targeted health facilities (receive PPEs and reduced infection rates); (iv) the vulnerable and marginalized groups; and (v) positive cases who are critically affected by the disease. The indirect beneficiaries will be population in the 8 neighboring countries (subSaharan Africa and Arab world).

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Fragile States Facility


IATI identifier 46002-P-SD-K00-007
Last Update 26 Jan 2023


Contact Details

Name OWITI Elizabeth Anyango

Geographic Location

Country Sudan
Coordinates Location Name
15.55177 32.53241 Khartoum