The EU is working worldwide to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak and has so far disbursed € 276 million to support the international coronavirus response. In total, the European Commission has mobilised more than €400 million to boost global preparedness, prevention and containment of the virus inside and outside Europe.
With part of this contribution, the EU supports the World Health Organization (WHO) to implement its global preparedness and response plan.
Locally, the EU Delegation in Sierra Leone is hard at work – together with the government of Sierra Leone and other local partners - to reorient and re-prioritise programmes to support as much as possible the national response plan and alleviate the economic aspects of the COVID-19 crisis.
Through its existing projects, the EU in Sierra Leone is introducing several awareness raising campaigns and is producing information, communication and education material for the communities on how to stay protected from the virus and how to hand wash properly.
With the PROACT project, the EU is providing COVID-19 response in the Eastern Province (Kenema, Kailahun and Kono Districts) and the Northern Province (Kambia, Port Loko and Bombali Districts) and will among others supply soap and chlorine to an estimated 15,000 families.
Soap cakes are also being produced in Freetown via a grant under the EU BAFS project implemented by FINIC, a local private sector producer of agricultural goods, using sludge from palm oil processing.
In collaboration with its local NGO partners, Trócaire Sierra Leone with humanitarian capacity building provided by the EU is supporting service delivery at the quarantine facility in Kambia district, providing running water, fuel, sanitary pads, repellent & disinfectant, radios & batteries, fresh fruit, drinking water, etc.
Thanks to intense local consular EU coordination and through the German Federal Foreign Office repatriation program, humanitarian equipment from UNICEF and WHO is also on its way to Sierra Leone, expected to arrive Sunday 5th April on a repatriation flight which will also allow to fly home over 150 stranded tourists and nationals from different European countries.
These are just a few examples of our ongoing support, and this is just the beginning.
The EU continues its efforts to help prevent further spread of the virus, to protect its citizens in Europe and around the world and to support those in need.