The implementation of the “Africa Continental Strategy on Covid-19” will require $420 million over the next six months, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has estimated.
The Africa CDC gave the figure to the newly-nominated African Union (AU) Covid-19 Response Fund Board of Trustees inaugural online meeting.
AU Social Affairs Commissioner, Amira Elfadil, apprised the board members on the status of the response fund and the plans to mobilise from member states and partners to enable the AU to safe-guard Africa’s health through the Africa CDC.
She informed the board that $61,500,000 had so far been raised, and urged the board members to close the gap by raising the remaining $358,500,000 to reach the target.
AU Commission Chairperson, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, highlighted that the Union is using the economic, humanitarian and health dimensions to get through the global pandemic.
He explained: “The economic dimension aims to realise debt relief for the continent, and the provision of sufficient liquidity to get Africa through the crisis.
“In this regard, the AU Chairperson, President Cyril Ramaphosa, has appointed four special envoys to advocate with partners and the international community, providing substantial support to Africa in the face of the potential economic crisis caused by Covid-19.
“The humanitarian dimension refers to the situation where Africa is strengthening its partnerships with the United Nations and other international humanitarian agencies, to provide logistical support to states in caring for refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants.