In line with the commitment of French president, Emmanuel Macron, who said France will support developing countries in their fight against the COVID-19 with an “emergency budget worth €1,2 billion, the French Development Agency announced few days ago a €2 million grant for five countries in Southeast Asia through the ECOMORE II project implemented by the Pasteur Institute.
“It will enable the rapid mobilization of technical expertise and funding dedicated to healthcare systems that are going to be under severe pressure in coming weeks, and will also address the immediate economic and social consequences of the crisis,” said Rémy Rioux, AFD Chief Executive Officer.
The benificiaries of this support will be front line laboratories:
This funding aims to support those laboratories with reagents and supplies, human resources as well as procedures and tools to better control the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ECOMORE II project through its “one health approach” reinforce collaboration at national and regional level that contributes to implement proper public health interventions and effective surveillance systems.