Project profile — Strengthening Regional Disease Surveillance in West Africa

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Strengthening Regional Disease Surveillance in West Africa - Overview
IBRD Trust Funds - World Bank (XM-DAC-44001)
2016-03-22 - 2023-07-31
Country / region • South of Sahara, regional (100.00%)
Sector • Basic Health
Basic health care (12220) (10.00%)
• Basic Health
Infectious disease control (12250) (75.00%)
• Basic Health
Health personnel development (12281) (15.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
Description and results


This project aims to strengthen the ability of West African countries to ensure regional disease surveillance and response. It supports the West Africa Regional Disease Surveillance Capacity Strengthening Project managed by the World Bank, and coordinated and implemented by the West Africa Health Organization (WAHO). Disease outbreaks within the West African region are frequent and can have a particularly heavy impact on the countries’ economies and human development. As epidemics do not respect national boundaries, a high level of inter-country regional collaboration and information sharing is required to be effectively prepared for potential epidemics, such as Ebola, or to be able to prevent them from reoccurring. Project activities include: (1) establishing centres of disease surveillance at the local level that are able to detect and report on diseases; (2) undertaking regional simulation exercises for outbreak responses and (3) training women and men in epidemiological surveillance and control.

Expected results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) strengthened national and regional disease surveillance systems within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Zone; and (2) improved effectiveness of epidemic response measures, including for the fight against Ebola in the ECOWAS Zone.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2022 include: (1) the West African Health Organization (WAHO) established 107 new Centers for Epidemiological Surveillance; (2) trained 70 laboratory technicians on four themes (biosecurity or biosafety, Epidemiological Prone Diseases, Maintenance of laboratory equipment and data management. In addition, 90 additional laboratory trainees or surveillance officers attended one or up to three of the modules offered; and (3) trained two cohorts of 50 residents in advanced level Field Epidemiology Programs in 11 West African countries.



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Planned Disbursement $0
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