The World Bank today approved a $ 100 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA) * and a $ 15 million grant from the Global Financing Mechanism (GFF) to support Mozambique’s efforts to expand its current COVID-19 vaccination campaign. The funds will be used to acquire, manage and deploy COVID-19 vaccines and to strengthen the preparedness and capacities of national health systems, as well as to ensure the continuity of essential health services, especially for women, children and teens.
“The social and economic hardships faced by millions of Mozambicans as a result of the pandemic are just too great. I cannot stress enough the importance of vaccination, and I urge all eligible people to receive the vaccine whenever it is available ”, noted Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough, World Bank Country Director for Mozambique, Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles. “Given the current market supply shortages, this operation will help the country access vaccines in close interaction with international facilities such as the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust, COVAX and others. “
The COVID-19 Preparedness and Strategic Response Project in Mozambique will finance the acquisition of COVID-19 vaccines and supplies needed for the delivery and distribution of vaccines, including diluents, syringes and other medical supplies. It will also support vaccine logistics, including cold chain inputs, storage and transport, as well as training of community health workers in the deployment of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, while promoting the demand for and access to essential health services. In addition, it will support key institutions in Mozambique’s immunization system.
“This operation will purchase approximately seven million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, the largest contribution to Mozambique’s vaccination efforts to date. This will cover around twenty percent of the eligible population ”, added Miguel Angel San Joaquin Polo, senior health economist and head of the operation’s task force.
“Other areas of support for this operation include communication campaigns to build confidence, reduce vaccine reluctance and improve access to reliable information.” added Courtney Price Ivins, Health Specialist and Project Team Leader. “We will also support accountability mechanisms and surveillance systems to track vaccines to their distribution points. ”
“The Global Financing Mechanism (GFF) is pleased to partner with the Government of Mozambique to support the integrated deployment of COVID-19 vaccines while ensuring access to essential health services, ”said Monique Vledder, Chief Executive Officer of the GFF. “Government leadership to invest in women’s, children’s and adolescent health while building strong health systems is essential to boost recovery from COVID-19. “
This operation is in line with the country’s priorities, as described in the government’s National COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan as well as the National COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. This operation complements other World Bank support to the Mozambique pandemic response.