G5 Sahel: AfDB and UNHCR Support Chad's Health Response Plan against Covid-19
The grant, worth about US$2.85 million, is part of the implementation of the G5 Sahel Pandemic Support Project.
The African Development Bank and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Chad handed over to the Chadian government on June 30, 2009, medical and protective equipment for structures involved in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The donation, worth nearly US$2.85 million, includes various items (portable intensive care ventilators, blood pressure monitors for adults and children, stereoscopes, infrared thermometers, etc.) and a number of other items.The donation, worth nearly US$2.85 million, includes portable intensive care ventilators, blood pressure monitors for adults and children, stereoscopes, infrared and electronic thermometers, digital ultrasound scanners, face shields, examination gloves, beds with chest rests, intensive care ventilators, etc.) is part of the implementation of the Support Project for the G5 Sahel countries in the face of the pandemic.
The Secretary of State for Health and National Solidarity of Chad, Dr. Djiddi Ali Sougoudi, received the donation from the representative of the African Development Bank.The donation was received by the African Development Bank's representative in Chad, Ali Lamine Zeine, and UNHCR's Deputy Protection Officer, Ms. Iris Blom.
"This first batch of medical equipment and protective materials against Covid-19 comes at the right time since, according to the latest news, the pandemic continues to claim victims in Africa and around the world. Our country is not an exception even if the cases recorded by our services are decreasing in recent days," said Djiddi Ali Sougoudi.
Mrs. Iris Blom thanked the African Development Bank for the donation. She stressed that the objective of the project was to strengthen the health system of the G5 Sahel member countries, reduce and stop the spread of the virus, and support not only the resilience of the communities but also the development of the health system.She stressed that the objective of the project was to strengthen the health system of the G5 Sahel member countries, to reduce and stop the spread of the virus, and to support not only the resilience of vulnerable communities but also internally displaced persons, refugees and their host communities.
"In line with one of its five strategic objectives, namely to improve the lives of the people of Africa, the African Development Bank is very committed and enthusiastic about the development of the Sahel.In line with one of its five strategic objectives, namely to improve the lives of the people of Africa, the African Development Bank is very committed and enthusiastic about actively contributing to the good health of the people of the continent," said Ali Lamine Zeine, the Bank's Country Manager in Chad.
The G5 Sahel Pandemic Support Project, coordinated by the G5 Sahel Executive Secretariat, is financed by the African Development Bank with US$ 20 million. It is being implemented by UNHCR in collaboration with the governments of the G5 Sahel member countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. The funding is intended to strengthen their response capacity and upgrade their epidemiological surveillance systems. The project also supports the implementation of national social protection measures for refugees and their host communities. Finally, it contributes to supporting food and nutrition systems.
"This project aims to consolidate the implementation and coordination capacities of the G5 Sahel Executive Secretariat and to provide training on biosafety and biomedical waste management in the five beneficiary countries," said Mr. Zeine said.
Dr. Abderahim Younous Ali, Secretary of State to the Minister of Economy, Development Planning and International Cooperation of Chad, who is also Chairman of the G5 Sahel Council of Ministers, said the project was an appropriate response to the need to improve the quality of life of the people of Chad. that this project was an appropriate response not only to the fight against the pandemic but also to reduce the socio-economic impact of Covid-19 in the five beneficiary countries of the Sahel. He added that the project would also strengthen the operational capacity of the G5 Sahel Executive Secretariat and its five national coordination committees.