World Bank: More than $ 30 million in aid to Iraq to tackle the Corona pandemic

World Bank: More than $ 30 million in aid to Iraq to tackle the Corona pandemic

13/5/2020 11:19

World Bank - More than 30 million in aid to Iraq to tackle the Corona pandemic[Baghdad-Ain]
The World Bank announced today, Wednesday, the allocation of more than 30 million dollars to help Iraq in facing the Corona epidemic, indicating that this assistance will be in two phases, while the epidemic is expected to affect “poor and vulnerable families” in particular.
In response to the Corona Virus (Covid-19) outbreak in Iraq, he said in a statement seen by the All Iraq News Agency that he had recently agreed to reallocate $ 33.6 million as part of the emergency operations project for ongoing development ($ 750 million) to support Efforts of the Ministry of Health in the prevention, detection and response to the COVID-19 epidemic.

“This rapid and emergency response comes in two phases,” the World Bank added, explaining that “it initially provided $ 7.8 million in available resources under the Emergency Operations for Development project to help fund the supply of basic medical equipment and supplies and enhance the capacity of the ICU ( ICU) in public hospitals to improve management of cases infected with COVID-19 “.

He continued, “Through cooperation with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), health centers in Iraq will be given artificial respirators, beds for intensive care units and portable X-ray machines in addition to ECGs within four to eight weeks.”

In a later step, the World Bank made clear in its statement that it “approved the request of the Government of Iraq to reallocate an additional $ 25.8 million in the framework of the project itself to provide additional quantities of medical equipment and supplies and support the training of health workers on the front lines in their use,” noting “The expedited procurement procedures will ensure that UNOPS delivers timely medical supplies to the Ministry of Health.”

Commenting on this, Saroj Kumar Jah, Regional Director of the Mashreq Department at the World Bank, said: “The epidemic is expected to affect poor and especially vulnerable families, expressing its willingness” to support Iraq’s efforts to contain the rapid spread of the virus and enhance the ability of the Ministry of Health to absorb the additional pressure it creates. The epidemic on the Iraqi health system. ”

The bank emphasized that“ the process of reallocating resources will not affect the activities mainly monitored within the framework of the emergency operations project for development which aims to support Iraq in rebuilding the damaged infrastructure and re-providing public services in the targeted municipalities. ”

And he stated that “relying on the World Bank’s procurement and financial management procedures to supply goods, works and consulting services within the project, more than 3 million people in five governorates liberated from ISIS are already benefiting from better health services by rehabilitating damaged clinics and equipping 14 mobile clinics 82 ambulances, and they benefit from 35% of reconnections to the electrical network and improvement in key municipal services by providing clean drinking water and waste collection plans, and restoring mobility by rebuilding 400 km of roads and 25 critical bridges ً. The project also contributes to promoting confidence-building and reconciliation between the state and the citizen by training 79 non-governmental organizations and more than 1,000 young men and women in peaceful dialogue and reconciliation in their societies. ”It

should be noted that the Emergency Operations for Development project was originally approved in July 2015 With an amount of US $ 350 million, then additional project financing of US $ 400 million was approved later in October-October 2017 to allow the expansion of the geographical scope of the current project activities to additional cities liberated from ISIS.