Eritrea, Tanzania: Only African Countries Ready to Face Global Pandemics

“In Africa, only Eritrea and Tanzania had completed the crucial costing phase of their pandemic preparedness and response plans.” – World Bank report.

Eritrea and Tanzania only African countries leading in investment on pandemic preparedness and response
Multiple pandemics, numerous outbreaks, thousands of lives lost and billions of dollars of national income wiped out – all in barely 17 years – and yet the world’s investments in pandemic preparedness and response remain woefully inadequate. As of the end of April 2017, three countries – Tanzania, Pakistan and Eritrea – had completed the crucial costing phase of their pandemic preparedness and response plans.


Only two African countries are fully prepared to face a global pandemic if one should break out. The two – Eritrea and Tanzania – are joined by four other countries on a global list according to a recent World Bank sponsored report.

The report titled “From Panic and Neglect to Investing in National Security,” said only six countries the world over had taken steps to evaluate their ability to adequately respond to pandemics.

In Africa – Eritrea and Tanzania, the United States as the only representative of the Americas and Finland the sole European country. Asia also had two countries listed – Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

The report notes that the external evaluation of readiness to face pandemics was two way – one for human diseases and the other for animal outbreaks. It added that as at April 2017, the six countries had undergone both evaluations and mapped out measures to rectify their weak points.

The 131-page report was authored by experts from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the African and Asian development banks, and finance officials from various governments.

The evaluation exercises employed are done in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organization for Animal Health, a Paris-based United Nations agency.

Africa as recent as 2014 was the epicenter of rampaging Ebola crisis which gave the WHO a hard time and bad name with respect to its emergency response to the epidemic. The virus recently resurfaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo but has since been declared free of it.

Bird flu is also giving economies especially in southern Africa region some tough time. The report notes that even diseases that infect only animals can damage economies by curtailing meat exports, for example, or driving up domestic food prices.

Part of the document’s summary reads: ‘‘This report by the International Working Group on Financing Preparedness (IWG) proposes ways in which national governments and development partners can finance investments in country and regional preparedness and response capacities for pandemics and other health emergencies.

‘‘Preparedness for pandemics refers to health and non-health interventions, capabilities, and capacities at community, country, regional, and global levels. Their purpose is to prevent, detect, contain and respond to the spread of disease and other hazards, mitigating social disruptions and limiting risks to international travel and trade.’‘

14 thoughts on “Eritrea, Tanzania: Only African Countries Ready to Face Global Pandemics

  1. UN agencies Supporting Eritrea on Sustainable Development Path

    Helping Eritrea to confront challenges such as food insecurity and infant mortality is the goal of the latest five-year plan between the UN and the government.

    The Horn of Africa country ranks at number 179 out of 188 nations on the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Human Development Index, which measures indicators such as life expectancy and education levels.

    John Ging, Operations Director with the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, travelled to Eritrea in July and visited various UN-backed projects that are making a difference in citizen’s lives, such as a health clinic.

    He told Dianne Penn how the UN has been supporting the country’s efforts to meet global development objectives.

    Listen the audio here :

      1. They are on their way to eradicate cholera and hunger. By encircling the affected area and mowing down the victims with AK47 and burning their homes to the ground.. Effective IQ63 weyane’s way of dealing..

    1. To begin with Weyane himself was Shaebia donated clique to the Ethiopian people, and all the utilities and foods Weyane use ,eat to kill his people are western donated staff. What Weyane knows and capable is HSDNA only.

  2. Well done Eritrea and my appreciation fro PFDJ for their far sighted preparedness for all eventualities never minding woy-ane!!

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