20 December 2020 (DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union to Djibouti and IGAD and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) hold a Media Day to mark the handing over of supplies as part the EU-IGAD COVID-19 Response Project to the Government of Djibouti. The event took place on 21 December at 01:00 at the warehouse of the Ministry of Health of Djibouti.
Personal Protective Equipment, the COVID-19 test kits (25,056 tests), two standard ambulances aimed at being put in use at cross border areas will be officially handed to the Ministry of Health of Djibouti.
The European Union allocated a 60 million EUR package to help tackle the health and socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, in support of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in its mandate to coordinate national responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Horn of Africa. It is part of the Team Europe Global Response package to support partner countries face the pandemic and its consequences.
The project focuses on vulnerable groups, including migrants, refugees, internally displaced persons, and cross-border communicates, including more than euro 13 million worth of medical supplies and equipment.
It also focuses on the provision of health responses, WASH services, prevention of gender-based violence and risk communication. The project also helps ensure borders and critical supply chains are safe for trade and promote digital solutions to monitor the crisis. The project aims to support more than 1 million people across the region.
Furthermore, it will promote digital solutions relevant to the health COVID-19 response, such as regional surveillance and monitoring systems.
To ensure both its regional and multi-sectoral dimensions, UNOPS manages the project with implementing partners – IGAD, International Organization for Migration (IOM), TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) and The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and GIZ manages the digitalisation component.
The fight against COVID-19 requires concerted efforts of all actors and an effective partnership.