The World Bank Board of directors has approved the Third Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement (REDISSE) Project, committing additional US$120 million to the work plans
Mr. John Paul Clark, World Bank Senior Health Specialist disclosed this today at the opening of the ongoing technical sub-committee meeting of the REDISSE project at Radisson Blu Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria.
The REDISSE project is a Regional project funded by the World Bank, covering all 15 ECOWAS’ countries and Mauritania, in five-year phases from 2016 to 2023.
The first phase covers three countries, namely Guinea, Senegal and Sierra Leone, the second phase four countries, Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, and Togo.
The Project has a total of USD 367.8 million and aims to strengthen disease surveillance and response systems at the regional level in ECOWAS Member States and Mauritania.
Its implementation is in the third phase, covering four countries – Benin, Mali, Niger, and Mauritania.
The World Bank specialist said REDISSE project is “now providing credits and grants to 11 countries in and West African Health Organisation (WAHO) with the budget growing to US$400 million.
Clark said REDISSE is the World Bank’s Flagship investment in both Health Security and the One Health agenda
Declaring the meeting open, WAHO Director-General, Prof Stanley Okolo, charged participants to assess the status of implementation of the recommendations of the first Regional Steering Committee Meeting.
The DG represented by Dr. Carlos Brito, said the meeting has a “heavy task” of producing the strategy for implementation of the REDISSE Project, stressing “success of the implementation of the project is very important to us.”
While thanking the technical partners – WHO, OIE, RAHC, CCISD, FMx, others, the DG also commended Nigerian Government for accepting to host the meeting.
The two-day technical sub-committee meeting is being attended by all the 15 ECOWAS member States and Mauritania.