African Development Bank’s Board of Directors has approved an emergency project in support of three low-income Economic Community of West African States nations – Gambia, Mali and Niger – to boost their health systems in response to the coronavirus disease.
In a statement on Wednesday, the financial institution is making $22.4m available for the programme, sanctioned by the board on May 22.
According to the breakdown, $9.55m would be for tests, laboratory equipment, ventilators and personal protective equipment for medical personnel in the three countries.
The remaining $12.83m is for strengthening and integration of the health facilities of the beneficiaries to better address the scourge.
The West African Health Organisation is supervising the scheme.