AfDB, WHO cut sod for Public Health Emergency Operations Center building in South Sudan
The African Development Bank (AfDB) is financing the construction of the second phase of the Public Health Emergency Operations Center (PHEOC) in Juba, South Sudan. In addition, with funding from the Bank, WHO is procuring an oxygen plant and vehicles to support the government’s ongoing COVID-19 response.
The project, comprising infrastructure, furniture and equipment, will strengthen preparedness and response capacities of the country for public health emergencies, in line with the 2005 International Health Regulations. South Sudan continues to experience recurrent epidemic-prone diseases, and other public health and humanitarian emergencies.
African Development Bank Country Manager for South Sudan, Benedict Kanu said, “The support provided by the Bank is yet another testimony of the Bank’s growing commitment to closely work with the Government of South Sudan, a valued shareholder of the Bank, and other partners, to assist to build health system capacity for emergency preparedness in the country.”
Since the inception of the $4.2 million African Development Bank grant-financed project to support the emergency response for COVID-19 and strengthen the health system capacity for emergency preparedness in South Sudan, considerable progress has been made, including delivering a wide range of essential medicines, lifesaving biomedical equipment and personal protective equipment.
PHEOC is a hub that brings together, under the umbrella of the Ministry of Health of South Sudan, all relevant experts, groups and stakeholders involved in preparedness and response. Using an incident management system, the PHEOC promotes structured collaboration and communication, and generates real-time quality information for evidence-based decision-making.