The German Last Mile Initiative is making it possible for partners in Lebanon to intensify existing efforts to strengthen the public healthcare system in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. KfW Development Bank finances the measures through the WHO/UNICEF COVID-19 Emergency Response in Lebanon project.
The ongoing socio-economic crisis in Lebanon, including the strong devaluation of the local currency, continues to pose a challenge for the national health sector. Financing from the Initiative makes it possible for WHO and UNICEF to respond flexibly to the changing pandemic situation on the ground. The main aim is to strengthen the capacity of the healthcare system to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable groups. Measures financed include information and awareness campaigns on COVID-19 vaccination and infection prevention; training and capacity building of health workers; support for health services in the pandemic (for example, via procurement of personal protective equipment and financing of treatment costs and salaries for nurses); and the financing of transportation costs for vulnerable populations to attend vaccination appointments.
- Executing project: WHO/UNICEF COVID-19 Emergency Response in Lebanon
- Implementing organisation: KfW Development Bank
- Commissioned by: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
- Local partners: UNICEF, WHO
- Funding: EUR 10 m from Last Mile Initiative (in addition to EUR 30.5 m bilateral funding for the project)
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org