World Financial institution to offer $5.eight million to assist Palestinians battle coronavirus

The World Financial institution authorized a brand new US $5.eight million emergency operation on Thursday to assist the West Financial institution and Gaza tackle pressing well being wants on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The operation will assist efforts to decelerate and restrict the transmission of COVID-19 and enhance the scientific care and case administration of these affected by the illness. The challenge shall be applied by means of quick observe procedures to assist in early detection and correct recording of contaminated case as inputs for threat evaluation and mitigation. It’ll assist the procurement of important tools and consumables for laboratory and diagnostic methods, corresponding to ventilators, polymerase chain response (amplification method for particular a part of DNA) machines and take a look at kits.

The challenge won’t solely assist the epidemiological surveillance methods, it’ll additionally strengthen the general Palestinian public well being system in response to the virus, together with establishing and equipping quarantine and remedy facilities and hiring short-term well being personnel.


This new funding follows a earlier reallocation of $800,000, which the World Financial institution authorized on March 6 as quick assist to the Palestinian Ministry of Well being beneath the continuing Well being System Resiliency Strengthening Undertaking to assist tackle pressing well being wants and forestall additional unfold of the virus.

This funding will cowl high priorities, together with tools and supplies for an infection and prevention management, laboratory diagnostics, isolation and case administration.

“We hope that our fast response to assist the Ministry of Well being will assist include the additional unfold of the virus and in flip decrease the opposed financial impacts,” stated Kanthan Shankar, World Financial institution Nation Director for the West Financial institution and Gaza.