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As the World Bank continues its financial and operational support for countries in the fight against COVID-19, it is also focused on helping countries build back better, stronger health systems.  Pakistan and Afghanistan’s government programs are engaging with organizations and communities to deliver essential health services and supplies as well as promote health hygiene to remote populations.


Making health systems stronger while tackling the impacts of COVID-19 | Blog

When COVID-19 emerged as a global threat, the World Bank Group responded with the largest and fastest crisis response in its history.  Emergency operations have now reached more than 100 countries, home to over 70 percent of the world’s population. Our goal is not only to save lives, but to help countries build stronger, more resilient health systems to be better prepared for future disease outbreaks and ensure no-one is left behind.  


Pakistan’s National Immunization Support Project: An anchor for collaboration during COVID-19 (coronavirus) | Blog

In responding toCOVID-19, the World Bank turned to Pakistan’s National Immunization Support Project (NISP) and its pooled procurement mechanism to deliver speedy assistance in procuring essential supplies such as masks and other personal protective equipment for frontline health care staff. NISP continues to ensure sustainable delivery of immunization services, having boosted national vaccination coverage to 66 percent from 54 percent -- and introducing game-changing structures and mechanisms to strengthen existing systems.


Awareness Campaigns Help Prevent Against COVID-19 in Afghanistan | Feature Story

The last official tally in Afghanistan reported around 30,000 COVID-19 cases and over 600 deaths.  The government of Afghanistan has redeployed two key development programs to curb the impact of the virus in rural and urban communities. a growing cohort of women across Afghanistan are producing masks to meet the demand and are visiting villages and individual homes to deliver prevention guidelines, especially to residents with no access to the media. They use video messages on health and hygiene that have proved effective with poor and mostly illiterate communities.


World Bank Supports COVID-19 Response and Increased Resilience to Health Shocks and Natural Hazards in Haiti | Press Release

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a US$20 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA) for the Haiti COVID-19 Response and Resilience Development Policy Operation. This budget support financing aims to increase Haiti’s capacity to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak and enhance resilience to natural hazards and health-related shocks. The program supports health emergency preparedness and response capacity and the strengthening of the social protection system for improved emergency cash transfer programs.


Priyanka Ripley

External Affairs Consultant with the Health, Nutrition and Population communications team

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