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May 11, 2024 (NAIROBI Kenya): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in partnership with the East, Central, and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC), will be launching the Health Emergency Preparedness, Response and Resilience Programme (HEPRR) for the East and Southern Africa region, on May 15, 2024, at Agyle Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya,

The Programme/Project, financed by the World Bank Group (WBG) to the tune of 1 billion USD, spanning seven years, seeks to strengthen sustained, comprehensive, and transformational impact on both health emergency preparedness/response and resilience using the Multiphase Programmatic Approach (MPA ).

The first phase of the Programme/Project will focus on implementation in countries across East and Southern Africa, specifically targeting Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sao Tome and Principe. Subsequently, Phase 2 will encompass Malawi, Rwanda, and Zambia.

The East, Central, and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC), in partnership with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), are the regional coordinating organisations supporting the implementation of the Programme.

The launch will be officiated by the chief guest: Hon. Susan Nakhumicha, Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Health, Kenya; H.E. Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, Executive Secretary of IGAD; Hon. Prof. Yoswa Dambisya, Director General of ECSA-HC; Keith E. Hansen, Country Director of the World Bank in Kenya; and Honorable Ministers of Health representing the participating countries.

The launch will also include a High-level Ministerial Panel with opening statements from the Ministers of Health from the participating countries focusing on “Health Emergencies on the Continent Post-COVID-19: Lessons, Priority Actions, and Preparations for the next Pandemic.”

Journalists are invited to confirm their participation to cover the opening session of the event by sending their names and media houses to and copying by close of business, May 14, 2024. Admission will be by invitation only.

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For more information, contact:

Dr. Mohamed Elduma,

Dr. Martin Matu,

Press Release – Launch of the HEPRR_En&Fr


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