According to bank documents, the project objective is to strengthen the national public health preparedness capacity to prevent, detect and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in Mauritania.
Vaccine purchasing will be done through Component 1 of the Global COVID-19 MPA.
Through Component 1, the proposed second AF will also continue to support the strengthening of the health system to prevent, detect, and treat COVID-19 cases.
Subcomponent 1.1: Case Detection, Confirmation, Contact Tracing, Recording, Reporting (parent project: US$1.2 million, AF1: US$0.5 million, AF2: US$2.2 million). This subcomponent will continue to support strengthening of climate-sensitive disease surveillance systems and build testing capacity for early detection and confirmation of COVID-19 cases. This support will also complement activities already funded through the REDISSE III Project (P161163) to strengthen the national laboratory system.
Subcomponent 1.2: Health System Strengthening (Parent Project: US$2.2 million; AF1: US$2.5 million, AF2: US$2.3 million). This subcomponent will continue to support health system strengthening to provide optimal medical care, maintain essential community services, minimize risks for patients and health personnel, including training health facilities staff and frontline workers on risk mitigation measures and providing them with the appropriate protective equipment and hygiene materials, and purchasing energy-efficient equipment.
Subcomponent 1.3: Communication Preparedness (Parent Project: US$0.8 million; AF1: US$0.7 million; AF2: US$1.8 million). The proposed second AF will continue to support risk communication activities and community engagement to raise awareness, knowledge, and understanding among the general population about the risk and potential impact of the pandemic, as well as the compounded risk of climate change on the population, and to address vaccine hesitancy.
Subcomponent 1.4: COVID-19 Vaccine Purchase and Deployment (Parent Project: US$0.00 million; AF1: US$10.03 million; AF2: US$9.8 million). This sub-component will continue to finance vaccine acquisition and deployment; US$5.2 million for vaccine acquisition via AVATT for J&J vaccines and US$4.6 million for vaccine deployment.
The proposed AF, through Component 2 (parent project: US$1.0 million; AF1: US$1.0 million; AF2: US$3.9 million), will continue to support the implementation actors at central and local levels regarding coordination, financial management (FM), procurement, and the development of project monitoring and the evaluation.
To ensure successful implementation of the project, the second proposed AF through Subcomponent 2.1: Implementation Management (parent project: US$0.8 million; AF1:US$0.3 million; AF2:US$0.5 million) will continue to support costs associated with project implementation.
On project M&E activities, the second proposed AF will continue to finance Subcomponent 2.2: Project M&E (parent project:US$0.2 million; AF1:US$0.2 million; AF2:US$0.5 million) to support the strengthening of existing data and monitoring systems to accommodate COVID-19 vaccines.
Activities under Subcomponent 2.3: COVID-19 Vaccine Planning and Management (parent project: US$0.0 million; AF1: US$0.5 million; AF2:US$2.9 million) will continue to be supported particularly as it relates to pharmacovigilance and the management of AEFIs. The second AF will continue to support the target population groups as summarized in Error! Reference source not found. below, but it is important to note that the country has opened eligibility to populations 18 years and over.
Fatoumata Binta Maama Barry
Mohamed Vadel Taleb El Hassen
Senior Economist, Health
Islamic Republic of Mauritania
Abdel Aziz Ould Dahi
Minister of Economy and Industry
Ministry of Health
Dr. Sidi Ould Zahaf
Minister of Health
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