KENYA – The World Bank Group Board of Directors has approved US$50 million in immediate funding to support Kenya’s response to the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic under a new operation – the Kenya COVID -19 Emergency Response Project.
The project will provide emergency funding for medical diagnostic services, surveillance and response, capacity building, quarantine, isolation and treatment centres, medical waste disposal, risk communications and community engagement as well as for strengthening of the country’s capacity to provide safe blood services.
The project will be implemented in all 47 counties. The primary beneficiaries will be the infected persons, at-risk populations, medical and emergency personnel, medical and testing facilities, and national health agencies.
“Blood is core to all clinical aspects of health systems. US$10 million of this funding will go towards strengthening the capacity of the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service to provide safe blood and blood products,” said Jane Chuma, Senior Health Economist and Task Team Leader.
“This is important especially this time when supply will drop because the would-be blood donors are less likely to go out to donate.”
In addition, US$10 million was triggered under the Contingency Emergency Response Component of the Transforming Health Systems for Universal Care Project to fund the National COVID-19 Contingency Plan.
The immediate response includes financing, policy advice and technical assistance to help countries cope with the health and economic impacts of the pandemic.
The International Finance Corporation is providing US$8 billion in financing to help private companies affected by the pandemic and preserve jobs. The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Development Association are making an initial US$6 billion available for the health-response.
As countries need broader support, the World Bank Group will deploy up to US$160 billion over 15 months to protect the poor and vulnerable, support businesses, and bolster economic recovery.