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 • Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (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 2023 include: (1) developed and validated a regional policy on laboratory specimen collection and transport, and shared the report with all member states; (2) established the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS ) Regional Vaccines Revolving Fund to generate funds for the pooled procurement of COVID-19 vaccines, and established the regional COVID-19 Vaccines Taskforce to ensure access to vaccines and promote local vaccine production; (3) developed the ECOWAS preparedness and response plan; (4) developed an advanced level (Master’s) Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program with the University of Ghana and University of Ouagadougou, which resulted in the graduation of 100 participants, of which 37 women; (5) developed a Gender in Infectious Disease Epidemic Preparedness and Response (GENPAR) Toolkit to support countries to integrate gender in their response measures; and (6) established107 centers for epidemiological surveillance.



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