As the coronavirus (COVID-19) has swept through Africa, medical experts are warning that it is just a matter of time before Africa would see an exponential increase in cases. France is rushing to protect Africa from the COVID-19 onslaught that might lead to massive losses of lives and unprecedented social and economic damage.
In Cameroon, the French ambassador Christophe Guilhou after meeting with President Biya on April 16, 2020 said France will work alongside Cameroon to fight the coronavirus disease.
Cameroon is not the only country benefitting from aid from France during this health crisis, other countries are part of France’s initiative launched French President Emmanuel Macron April 9, in response to the health crisis caused by the coronavirus. Agence Française de Developpement (AFD) says it will finance six new projects to help 16 African countries combat the pandemic under the “COVID-19 – Health in Common” initiative.
In a Press release published on their website this Tuesday, AFD announced that it will provide financial support for six new projects worth €12 million (about FCFA 7,873, 819, 405 billion), for some sub-Saharan Africa and countries in the Indian Ocean.
“This health crisis aggravates inequalities,” AFD stated.
Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo and Senegal will receive €2.2 million (about FCFA 1,443,533,557 billion) for research on the pandemic and other resources.
Another €2 million (about FCFA 1,312,303,234 billion) goes to Senegal, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo for the reinforcement of African Health Ministries’ capacity for effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The French embassy to Cameroon equally announced Thursday April 23, that France and Germany are supporting the Ministry of Public Health with the sum of FCFA 656 million in a joint project by both countries to help Cameroon fight the coronavirus. 17 laboratories across the country will equally be upgraded.
On April 16, a group of four French firms based in Cameroon offered twenty thousand litres of hydro-alcoholic solution worth FCFA 36 million to the Government as part of their support in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The gesture came from Total Cameroon, Brasserie du Cameroun, Group CFAO and SOSUCAM firms.