The World Bank has approved $35 million to improve Haiti’s response to COVID-19 – Haiti
WASHINGTON, May 31, 2022 — The World Bank Vice President for the Latin America and Caribbean region approved on May 23, 2022, additional financing of $35 million for the Haiti COVID-19 Response Project. This funding will help ensure effective vaccine deployment in the country and equitably fund additional affordable COVID-19 vaccines, should additional COVID-19 vaccines be needed. Strengthening the country’s immunization system will improve Haiti’s preparedness for possible future health crises.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have used all our instruments to support the country’s response capacity, including investment projects, the activation of contingent emergency response components (CERCs) of projects , the reallocation of funds, to contain the expected economic losses generated by the pandemic in Haiti” said Laurent Msellati, World Bank Country Director for Haiti. “This additional funding will provide essential resources to enable the expansion of a sustained and comprehensive pandemic response, including the strengthening of COVID19 vaccination programs and preparedness and prevention plans.”
Despite a relatively low overall mortality incidence in Haiti, the pandemic has caused severe disruption to the health system. By June 2021, outpatient visits were down 34% from expected levels, and childhood vaccinations were also down. With 1.1% of the population fully vaccinated and 1.6% of the population having received at least their first dose, as of May 15, 2022, the country ranks among the bottom 10 countries in the world in terms of vaccination coverage against COVID. -19.
Additional funding for the Haiti COVID-19 Response Project will help the Government of Haiti successfully deploy COVID-19 vaccines, purchase additional vaccines as needed, and strengthen relevant health system functions that are needed for successful vaccine deployment. The additional funding will help achieve 10% vaccination coverage among the country’s population, focusing on priority populations. The project will continue to provide support to minimize imported cases of COVID-19 and limit local transmission through containment strategies, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. It will also continue to support the strengthening of disease detection capacity through technical expertise, laboratory equipment and systems while strengthening essential health system functions.
The initial Haiti COVID-19 response project was approved on April 2, 2020. It has contributed to limiting the transmission of the pandemic in Haiti through detection, infection control in health establishments, improving testing, minimizing spread through contact tracing of confirmed cases, and providing necessary laboratory and protective equipment for health personnel. The project also strengthened communication activities and supported the development of the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 preparedness and response plan.
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