The World Bank Group has approved US$14.25 million IDA credit in immediate funding to support Rwanda’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic under a new operation – the Rwanda COVID -19 Emergency Response Project.
The project is designed to help the government prevent, detect and respond to the threat posed by COVID-19 and strengthen the country’s systems for public health preparedness.
The funds will finance critical interventions, such as prompt diagnosis of suspected COVID-19 cases; contact tracing to minimize risk of transmission; risk assessments to identify hot spot areas; and screening travelers at Ports of Entry.
The emergency project will also bolster clinical care capacity and establish isolation capacity at a selected number of national and district hospitals responsible for triaging and treating COVID-19 cases.
“As we commemorate 26 years since the genocide and pay our respect to those who lost their lives, we note that the country is now hard hit by the COVID-19 global pandemic which runs the risk of reversing some of Rwanda’s hard won socio-economic and health achievements.” says Yasser El Gammal, World Bank Country Manager.
“I am confident that with the high-level leadership, the resilience of the Rwandans swift action taken by the government, and support of the World Bank and other development partners, Rwanda can bend the curve on this pandemic and get back on track”, he said.
The Rwanda COVID -19 Emergency Response Project also focuses on harnessing digital solutions and data analytical tools that will improve the management and containment of the COVID-19 response.
This fund comes a week after another US$109.4 financial support from IMF.