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Multinational - appraisal report - Ebola sector budget support - fight back programme – EFBP
The Fight Back Ebola Programme complements the recently approved emergency operations for the ECOWAS region in response to the Ebola epidemic. It is an emergency operation that will contribute towards addressing the financial needs of Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The three latter countries are the most affected by the epidemic and their economies are experiencing a major shock affecting economic growth, fiscal revenues and the overall socio-economic environment,in particular for women. The programme isa response to both the emergency created by the Ebola epidemic, and the need to address the longer term requisites for the economic resilience of the concerned countries through strengthened systems and improved preparedness. The programme will also help preserve Côte d’Ivoire, the economic hub of the sub-region, against the epidemic. Côte d’Ivoire is threatened by the epidemic and although its preparedness is judged satisfactory, incurs additional expenditures arising from the implementation of preparedness plans. The operation is a coordinated PBO. The promotion of gender equality is an important aspect of this programme given its expected contribution to addressing the current crisis, enhancing resilience and promoting social cohesion.