Lesotho COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness and Response Project (WB-P173939)

  • Lesotho
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Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
May 1, 2020
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Government of Lesotho
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  • Education and Health
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 7.50 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 7.50 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS May 8, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Apr 29, 2020

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Project Description

According to bank documents, the project objective is to prevent, detect and respond to the threat posed by COVID-19 to the Kingdom of Lesotho.

The project has two components:

  1. Emergency COVID-19 Response. This component comprises of three focus areas: (i) COVID-19 case detection, confirmation, contact tracing, recording and reporting; (ii) Containment, isolation and treatment through enhanced clinical care capacity; and (iii) Community engagement, prevention and risk communication.

  2. Project Implementation and Monitoring & Evaluation. This component will support program coordination, management and monitoring, operational support and logistics, and project management. This will include support for the COVID-19 Incident Management System Coordination Structure; operational reviews to assess implementation progress and adjust operational plans; and provide logistical support. To this end, the project will support technical assistance, rapid surveys as needed, and operating costs.

The World Bank has classified this project as having Substantial environmental and social risks.

Investment Description
  • World Bank (WB)
Contact Information

World Bank:
Marelize Prestidge
Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
Subhashini Rajasekaran
Young Professional

Kingdom of Lesotho
Honorable Dr. Moeketsi Majoro
Minister of Finance

Implementing Agency:
Ministry of Health
Minister Nkaku Kabi
Minister of Health


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