01 April 2020 – World Bank approves $128 Million COVID-19 support for Sri Lanka

Type of Intervention: Financial and Economic
Sectors Involved: Finance/Economy
Level of Jurisdiction: Supranational
Lead People/Agency: The World Bank

Overview: The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved the $128.6 million Sri Lanka COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project to help the country prevent, detect, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen its public health preparedness.
The new fast track package will benefit the entire Sri Lankan population and prioritize stopping or slowing the spread of the virus, reducing case numbers, and preventing outbreaks in communities. This support will scale up emergency response mechanisms, strengthen the capacity of laboratories and hospitals, treat patients, train medical staff, and raise public awareness about handwashing, hygiene, and social distancing.
Full details here: https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2020/04/01/world-bank-fast-track-support-covid19-corona

Type of Justification: Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee
Source of Evidence or Justification: International – other
Evidence/Justification: To stop or slow the spread of the virus, reduce case numbers, and prevent outbreaks in communities. This support will scale up emergency response mechanisms, strengthen the capacity of laboratories and hospitals, treat patients, train medical staff, and raise public awareness about handwashing, hygiene, and social distancing.