Tag: LESOTHO

Tag: LESOTHO

World Bank Approves $7.5 Million to Support Lesotho’s Efforts to Address COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2020 —A day after Lesotho announced its first COVID-19 positive case, the World Bank approved a $7.5 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA)* to support Lesotho’s efforts to prevent, detect and respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic under a new project, the Lesotho COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness and Response project.

The project will help mitigate the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and provide immediate support to containment and treatment strategies. It will support the Lesotho National Integrated Response Plan to the COVID-19 pandemic by financing critical interventions, such as epidemiological investigations for contact tracing, screening travelers at ports of entry, expanding infection prevention and control at health facilities.  The project will also fund the surge response capacity, equip frontline health workers with personal protective equipment, as well as goods and equipment to strengthen Lesotho’s efforts to test for COVID-19.

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Lesotho: Govt Seeks M659 Million for COVID-19 Response

The government will soon request parliament to re-direct M659 million from the 2020/2021 capital budget towards the country’s Covid-19 response programmes.

This according to the chairperson of the economic and development parliamentary portfolio committee, Samuel Rapapa. Mr Rapapa on Tuesday said some capital projects planned for the 2020/21 financial year were likely to be canned if the government’s request is granted.

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