The grant will provide rapid support to better prevent and respond to the threat posed by the pandemic and strengthen existing systems to meet the challenge of future public health emergencies.
While Timor-Leste has not seen a large number of ovic-19 cases yet, there is a risk of a second wave of cases as economic activity resumes and countries reopen their borders.
With this risk in mind, the emergency project will support the Ministry of Health to implement their covid-19 response plan through better public health surveillance and transportation capacity.
"We commend the Government of Timor-Leste for putting in place swift and effective measures that helped to address the immediate health risks of the covid-19 pandemic and protect the population from a serious outbreak,” said Macmillan Anyanwu, World Bank Country Manager for Timor-Leste, in a press release on Friday.
The Timor-Leste Covid-19 Emergency Support Project will improve the Government’s surveillance capacity by training health personnel, strengthening supervision, and facilitating the equitable distribution of essential supplies and commodities to health facilities.
It will also finance safe transportation by ambulance of covid-19 cases and other patients in need, with the purchase of 11 ambulances to close the gap in underserved areas of the country.
"We are pleased to be able to provide this rapid support that will contribute to building resilience and further strengthen Timor-Leste’s health system to better respond to the pandemic and future public health emergencies," Anyanwu added.