Project profile — Strengthening Regional Disease Surveillance in West Africa


IBRD Trust Funds - World Bank (44001)
2016-03-22 - 2023-07-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• South of Sahara, regional (100.00%)


• Basic health care:
Basic health care (12220) (10.00%)
Infectious disease control (12250) (75.00%)
Health personnel development (12281) (15.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


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.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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