Multinational - Support to The Covid-19 Pandemic Crisis Response in Sao Tome and Principe

Project Summary

Approval Date 23 Jun 2020
Signature Date 28 Aug 2020
Planned Completion Date 31 Mar 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 12250
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 500,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The proposed project is a grant of UA 0.5 million to finance implementation of Support to the COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis Response in Sao Tome and Principe. This is a regional project that will be implemented in the form of a Regional Public Good (RPG) over eighteen (18) months starting in June 2020 and closing in December 2021. The operation was appraised in April 2020 following a request from the SADC Secretariat on 8 April 2020 for the Fund to assist with the SADC COVID-19 pandemic crisis response. Sao Tome and Principe is included in this operation because it is part of the Southern African Region in the Bank’s regional configuration and will benefit directly through the equipment which will be procured through WHO. The project design followed the Bank Group's COVID-19 Pandemic Response Facility (CRF) and considered good practice principles on conditionality and the support that the Bank is already providing to Regional Member Countries (RMCs). Based on the current epidemiological profile of the COVID-19 outbreak and the technical knowledge base available, this ADF assistance will include the following components: (i) Strengthen SADC Beneficiary Countries and Sao Tome and Principe capacity to respond to COVID-19 Pandemic; (ii) Reinforce Regional Coordination of SADC Member States’ mitigation measures against the regional spread of COVID-19.

Project Objectives

The main goal of this grant proposal is to support Six (6) SADC ADF Beneficiary Countries and Sao Tome and Principe to contain the spread of the COVID-19 and mitigate its impacts through support to institutional strengthening and provision of medical supplies and equipment (laboratory equipment and supplies including testing kits, personal protective equipment and case management equipment (including non-invasive ventilators) while maintaining effective provision of other health and medical services to the population at national level. The specific objectives of the program are: (i) increase the availability of Personal Protective Equipment in Beneficiary Countries for front-line health care workers, community health workers and other essential workers to minimize the adverse health impact of COVID-19 on these critical categories of providers; (ii) increase the availability of testing kits in Beneficiary Countries to quickly detect cases of COVID-19, isolate and treat them to break the chain of transmission for the disease; and (iii) reinforce SADC Secretariat’s capacity to coordinate pandemic response measures in Beneficiary Countries.


The Bank’s assistance will support the ADF eligible SADC Beneficiary Countries, namely: (Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe) and Sao Tome Principe to mitigate and effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The assistance will strengthen epidemic preparedness and response of the beneficiary countries to facilitate early detection of COVID-19, and response to potential future threats arising from communicable disease epidemics and pandemics. The direct beneficiaries will be front line health workers and border officials in the beneficiary countries who will be protected from infection with PPE, the populations of the beneficiary countries and the SADC Secretariat. The indirect beneficiaries will be the populations of the SADC Beneficiary Countries who share borders with the beneficiary countries through measures to reduce cross border transmission and coordination of implementation of these measures by the SADC Secretariat.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Ministère de la Planification, des Finances et de l#Economie Bleue


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-IBE-027
Last Update 17 Sep 2021


Contact Details

Name KGOSIDINTSI Nana Beth Gokwadilwe

Geographic Location

Country Multinational