Washington, DC, April 17, 2015 – African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka announced $300 million to support the national Post-Ebola Recovery program of Ebola-affected countries during the World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings in Washington. AfDB’s funding will provide support to Governments of Ebola-affected countries by investing in health, education, water and sanitation, agriculture and financial sectors. “Now is not the time to relax. We need to strengthen primary health care in Africa; give countries debt relief, and get the ready to beat back the next epidemic”, Kaberuka said Friday. In addition, to US $523 million to strengthen the health and transport sector, the Bank is currently preparing two new post Ebola operations:
- The Bank will support the establishment of a surveillance and prevention epidemiological centre of excellence on the continent – the Africa Centre for Disease Control (CDC) led by the African Union, which involve the establishment of regional centres, enhancement of early warning systems and harmonization of national health regulations and interventions.
- The Post-Ebola Livelihoods Restoration Project (PELREP), which aims to increase access to basic socio-economic services and increase the productive capacity of the poor. The funds will be used to: