Crisis response: Technical Assistance to African Union to support countries most affected with ebola


Project Summary

Approval Date 26 Jan 2015
Signature Date 22 May 2015
Planned Completion Date 29 Dec 2018
Last Disbursement Planned Date 29 Dec 2018
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Multi-Sector
DAC Sector Code 15110
Commitment U.A 1,587,510
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Technical Assistance Project to African Union to support countries most affected with ebola is designed as a response to the crisis to strengthen institutions and capacities, through Pillar III of the Transition Support Facility (TAF). It is an innovative crisis-response project aimed at reducing institutional fragility in the region, which has fueled and is exacerbated by the Ebola epidemic. It draws on the Ebola Sector Budget Support Project, which covers all MRU Member States, and the Ebola Project (US $ 60 million). The project is grounded in the AU's call to mobilize health professionals and is a rapid response to fragility in the three affected countries (Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia), and particularly the lack of capacity of human resources and systems to respond to the Ebola epidemic. The innovation results from the use of the AU Medical Staff Platform which involves the recruitment of additional health human resources from the subregion and continent, in the spirit of Africa ", support in the response to the crisis, and the adoption of incentives for local human resource capacity, including targeted training. The project also relies on sub-regional institutions such as ECOWAS and the MRU to strengthen coordination among governments to stop the spread of the virus, create a platform for active private sector involvement in the fight against the epidemic, and increase public awareness and prevention measures everywhere in Africa, particularly in the affected region. The project will support i) the deployment of 85 external health professionals including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, clinical officers, social workers, public health workers, and laboratory technicians, (ii) approximately 1839 local health workers will be covered under the incentive scheme and vocational training, (iii) about 450 health extension agents will be trained, and (iv) the recruitment of appropriate local health workers in the three countries.

Project Objectives

The main objective is to strengthen health sector institutions to halt the spread of EVD, reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with this disease, and improve the response capacity to outbreaks. The purpose of this operation is specifically to address the shortage of medical staff, to provide targeted training and incentives to local health workers, and to strengthen the resilience of health governance systems and related institutions. The project also aims to strengthen crisis response capabilities within the continent.

Beneficiaries

The project will directly benefit the people of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, as well as neighboring countries, particularly targeting individuals and communities in both urban and rural areas, to stem the spread of Ebola disease. The project will also benefit ECOWAS and WRF health workers, communities and institutional systems by strengthening their capacities to better respond to disasters and strengthen the African Solidarity Initiative.

Participating Organization

Funding
Fragile States Facility
Implementing
African Union Commission (AUC)

Information

IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-KF0-044
Last Update 31 Oct 2019

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Contact Details

Name DAVA Emilio Aniceto Fernando
Email e.dava@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Multinational