The World Bank has announced that it has approved a 15 million euro loan for Albania to help the country prevent, detect and react to the COVID-19 pandemic by strengthening the national public health system.
In response to the request of the Albanian government, the program will provide immediate support to help Albania limit the local broadcast of COVID-19. In addition, it will ensure mass screening of the population (providing equipment to strengthen the detection of infections and monitor contacts), investments in health equipment, protective equipment for medical personnel and an increase in the number of beds for intensive care units .
If on the one hand the investment of the World Bank focuses on the immediate and strengthening of the emergency response of the Albanian health sector against COVID-19, on the other, in the medium to long term, it will support the improvement of the national public health system. . In fact, the anti-COVID program will simultaneously strengthen routine health services or services related to other health crises.
"The World Bank is at the side of the Albanian people in this unprecedented crisis. I would like to praise the extraordinary commitment of health workers in Albania to save people's lives, and strongly encourage citizens to implement social distancing and other restrictive measures aimed at minimizing the impact of the pandemic.
Given the uncertainty of the pandemic, the program is designed to be flexible and meet the needs that will arise, while knowledge about the COVID-19 virus will evolve.”- said Maryam Salim, manager of the World Bank office for Albania.
The World Bank group, one of the major sources of funding for developing countries, is taking extensive and rapid action to help these countries strengthen their response to the pandemic, increasing disease monitoring, improving public health interventions and helping the public sector to continue functioning and keep jobs in place.
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