World Bank injects $115 million to boost Covid-19 vaccination in Mozambique
London, June 6, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Mozambique and the World Bank have agreed on a $100 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA) and another $15 million grant from the Global Financing Facility (GFF) to support Mozambique’s efforts to expand its current COVID-19 vaccination campaign.
The already approved funds will be utilized to acquire, manage, and deploy COVID-19 vaccines and to strengthen national health systems’ preparedness and capacities, as well as ensure continuity of essential health services, particularly for women, children, and adolescents.
“The social and economic hardships faced by millions of Mozambicans due to the pandemic are simply too great. I could not emphasise enough the importance of vaccination, and I urge everyone eligible for the vaccine to get it whenever available
“Taking into consideration the current market supply shortages, this operation will help the country gain access to vaccines in close interaction with international facilities such as the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust, COVAX, and others.” noted Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough, World Bank Country Director for Mozambique, Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius, and Seychelles.
The project will fund the acquisition of COVID-19 vaccines and supplies needed for vaccine delivery and distribution, including dilutants, syringes, and other medical supplies. It will also support vaccine logistics, including cold chain inputs, storage, and transportation as well as training community health workers in rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine campaign, while promoting demand and access to essential health services. Additionally, this will support key institutions in Mozambique’s immunisation system.
“This operation will enable the purchase of approximately seven million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, the single largest contribution for Mozambique’s vaccination efforts thus far. This will provide coverage for approximately twenty percent of the eligible population,” added Miguel Angel San Joaquin Polo, Senior Health Economist and the operation’s task team leader.
“Other areas of support under this operation include communication campaigns to build trust, reduce vaccine hesitancy, and improve access to reliable information,” added Courtney Price Ivins, Health Specialist, and the project’s co-task team leader. “We’ll also support accountability mechanisms and surveillance systems to track vaccines to their points of distribution.”
“The Global Financing Facility (GFF) is pleased to partner with the Government of Mozambique to support the integrated rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines while also ensuring access to essential health services,” said Monique Vledder, Head of Secretariat, GFF. “The government’s leadership on investing in the health of women, children and adolescents while building strong health systems is critical to boost COVID-19 recovery.”
This operation is in line with the country’s priorities, as outlined in the government’s COVID-19 National Preparedness and Response Plan as well as the National Plan for Vaccination against COVID-19. This operation complements other World Bank support to the pandemic response in Mozambique.