|Approval Date||27 Oct 2020|
|Signature Date||23 Apr 2021|
|Planned Completion Date||30 Jun 2022|
|Last Disbursement Planned Date||30 Jun 2022|
|Sovereign / Non-Sovereign||Sovereign|
|Sector||Water Supply & Sanitation|
|DAC Sector Code||14010|
This emergency assistance project falls in line with the Bank’s Revised Utilization of Savings Policy that permits the use of savings where the project has been completed and the new operation falls within the broad scope of the initial operation. The operation intends to use a savings amounting to USD 234,074 from the Emergency Humanitarian Relief Assistance Project to Flood Victims towards Emergency COVID-19 Relief Assistance for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement. Given the current global COVID-19 Pandemic, the Government of Sierra Leone is faced with huge challenges in providing WASH services that are critical to containing human-to-human transmission notably WASH services in Health Care Facilities in high risk districts, especially along border areas, including Koinadugu, Bo, Bonthe and Kambia districts. This has prompted support to the Government by the international cooperating partners to provide WASH Services. The proposed Emergency COVID-19 intervention includes the provision of WASH that falls within the broad objectives of the closed project and does not result in in any significant change in the project scope and description. The Bank’s Grant of USD 234,074 complements other efforts in provision of Emergency WASH in Public Health Facilities in High Risk Areas. The interventions include support to the MoHS to strengthen Infection Prevention and Control and WASH services in priority Government Health Care Facilities that are designated or likely to receive cases of COVID-19 in hotspot districts. The project will be implemented over a 7 months period in an integrated and progressive manner using every available funding to ensure full and complete functioning of WASH services in the health facilities. This will prioritise construction/rehabilitation works to improve access to sanitation and hygiene services to complement other efforts on water supply provision in Health Care Facilities.
The objective of the proposed Emergency COVID-19 Relief Assistance for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement project is to support the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) in the mitigation of human-to-human transmission including reducing secondary infections among close contacts and health care workers, preventing transmission amplification events through access to and effective use of WASH/IPC services in Health Care Facilities in high risk districts, especially along border areas, including Koinadugu, Bo, Bonthe and Kambia districts. This project shall contribute to the on-going efforts of the Government and other humanitarian partners in mobilization of resources for provision of critical WASH response required.
The target beneficiaries include15,000 children (approximately 3,000 families prioritizing female headed households and households with people with disabilities), women and men in COVID-19 high-risk districts of Sierra Leone with following priorities: Hard-to-reach districts, especially near border areas: (i) HCFs (PHUs) in high-risk districts such as Koinadugu, Bo, Bonthe, and Kambia; (ii) Facilities that take into account access by persons with disabilities (PWD).
Special Relief Funds
|Last Update||16 May 2022|