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Focus Friday: Top COVID-19 news this week

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This week’s Focus Friday highlights important developments in the global community’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 and the World Bank Group’s support to help countries.

Remarks by World Bank Group President David Malpass on G20 Finance Ministers Conference Call on COVID-19

  • “These are difficult times for all, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable. For the World Bank Group, our first goal is to provide prompt support during the crisis, based on a country’s needs.  It’s also vital to shorten the time to recovery and create confidence that the recovery can be strong.” 

World Bank Group President David Malpass Remarks to G20 Leaders’ Virtual Summit

  • “The World Bank Group has worked to take broad swift action to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.  On March 17, our Board approved a $14 billion package, focused on the immediate health and social consequences of the outbreak…Yesterday, I presented to our Board a program that could provide as much as $160 billion in financial support over the next 15 months.”

Joint Statement from the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund Regarding A Call to Action on the Debt of IDA Countries

  • With immediate effect, the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have called on all official bilateral creditors to suspend debt payments from IDA countries that request forbearance.

End of week update from World Bank Group President David Malpass

  • Over the past week, the crisis related to COVID-19 has continued to worsen. World Bank Group President David Malpass summarizes some of the institution’s activities in response.

The GFF’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Guided by its core mission to improve reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health and nutrition outcomes, the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF) is helping 36 countries scale up access to primary health care services, which are critical for effective pandemic preparedness and response. 


Priyanka Ripley

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

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