Freetown, 29 July, 2020 / 10:15 pm (ACI Africa).
The overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trocaire, is among Ireland’s “three largest humanitarian agencies” that have come together to address COVID-19 challenges in Sierra Leone.
The partnership that also involves Concern Worldwide and GOAL, international humanitarian agencies alleviating suffering of the world’s poorest people, will implement a €1.5 million (US$1.7million) COVID-19 response plan targeting at least 400,000 people in the West African country.
“In a country with an already fragile health system, the three agencies will work together to mitigate the impact of the virus on the country’s most vulnerable communities,” the leadership of Trocaire has announced in a report published Wednesday, July 29 referencing Sierra Leone.
The West African nation has reported at least 1,796 COVID-19 cases, 1,336 recoveries and 66 deaths.
Sponsored by the European Union (EU) and the international development aid program of the Irish government, Irish Aid, the response plan dubbed, “Team Europe” will be delivered through two programs across 11 of Sierra Leone’s 16 districts, with support of local partners.