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World Bank Gives US$110m To Improved Disease Surveillance

MONROVIA, July 3 (LINA) – The World Bank has revealed that 33.3 million people living in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Senegal are expected to benefit from stronger health systems.

The program is a US$110 million International Development Association (IDA) financing, approved recently by the World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors.

According to a World Bank release, the program is the first in a series of investments planned under the Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement Program (REDISSE), which aims to address systemic weaknesses within the human and animal health sectors that hinder effective disease surveillance and response.

According to the release, included in the package is a more effective disease surveillance system.

The REDISSE program was developed with financial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and technical support from the World Health
Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The bank noted that the recent Ebola Virus Disease epidemic in West Africa illustrated the critical importance of strengthening national disease surveillance systems and inter-country collaboration to detect and respond to outbreaks of communicable diseases before they become deadly epidemics that cross borders to kill thousands of people and cripple economies.

Guinea and Sierra Leone, two of the countries most affected by the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreaks, will each receive US$30 million in financing. Senegal, which has shown regional leadership in developing effective disease detection and response capacity, will receive US$30 million.

In addition, the West African Health Organization (WAHO) will receive US$20 million from IDA and US$4 million in trust fund co-financing from the government of Canada to help improve disease surveillance infrastructure, information sharing and collaboration across the 15 countries that comprise the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The funding will also cut across the health, agriculture and environmental sectors of the outlined countries.

The World Bank Group in the statement underscored that REDISSE Program will be implemented as an interdependent series of projects that will
eventually engage and support all 15 countries in the ECOWAS region.
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