Multinational - COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis: Emergency Assistance to Support COVID-19 Response in African Countries

Project Summary

Approval Date 31 Mar 2020
Signature Date 27 Apr 2020
Planned Completion Date 30 Sep 2020
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Mar 2021
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 12250
Commitment U.A 1,463,475.31
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Emergency Assistance to Support COVID-19 Response in African Countries is designed to support Regional Member Countries (RMCs) to contain the spread of the virus and mitigate its impacts. The envisaged interventions complement the efforts of other partners including WHO and the African Union to support the response to, and mitigate the impact of, the pandemic. Indeed, the African continent is witnessing late transmission of the virus which is unstable and rapidly changing. At 25 March 2020, the confirmed cases and deaths were 2,358 and 58 respectively in 44 countries. These forty-four (44) affected countries need urgent support. Furthermore, all African countries are at risk and must be ready to contain, manage and mitigate the impact of the virus. African countries are developing country COVID-19 multisectoral response strategies. So far, thirty-five (35) countries have fully developed strategies estimated at USD189 million. African countries need to urgently mobilize resources to implement these strategies. The present project will focus on building capacities and capabilities of RMCs to promptly detect and contain the spread of the COVID 19. The WHO will identify target countries and provide their details when submitting final reports. The main interventions are: (i) Capacity Building on infection prevention, testing and case management; (ii) Surveillance system; (iii) purchasing and distributing laboratory test kits and reagents; (iv) Purchasing and distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) (v) Supporting coordination mechanism at national and regional levels.

Project Objectives

The main goal of this grant is to strengthen the capacity of WHO African Regional Office to support Regional Member Countries (RMCs) to contain the spread of the COVID-19 and mitigate its impacts.


The main beneficiary of this operation is the general population of Africa affected by COVID-19.

Participating Organization

Special Relief Funds


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-IBE-018
Last Update 01 Dec 2021


Contact Details

Name DIOP LY Maimouna

Geographic Location

Country Multinational