East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, November 23,
The Federal Republic of Germany, KfW Development Bank and the
East African Community (EAC) today signed Financing Agreement of 40
million euros in total, to support regional immunization programme and
establishment and operations of the Regional Laboratory Network for
The Secretary General of the East African Community, Amb. Liberat
Mfumukeko signed on behalf of the Community while His Excellency Egon
Kochanke, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United
Republic of Tanzania and also accredited to the East African Community
initialled on behalf the Germany Government and Dr. Helmut Schon, on
behalf of KfW.
· 30 million euros in financial assistance will be invested in
Immunization programmes in the EAC in collaboration with GAVI
· Another 10 million euros in financial assistance will be
used in the operation of the Regional Laboratory Network for
Communicable Diseases consisting of mobile laboratory units located at
national reference laboratories.
This new commitment will bring Germany’s contribution to fight child
mortality through immunisation programmes to 90 million euros since
2013. So far about 50 million of Rota Virus Vaccines, Pneumococcal
Vaccines and Pentavalent Vaccines have been financed in the EAC
Partner States. Implicitly, an equal number of children have been
vaccinated against the biggest killers of children, namely diarrhea
Speaking during the signing ceremony, the EAC Secretary General,
Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko, thanked the Government of the Federal Republic
of Germany for its support to the EAC. ‘’We have truly benefited from
the German support which has catalysed other development Partners to
support our projects and programmes.
Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko underscored the assistance for the health
sector in the EAC reaffirms Germany’s status as a true friend of the
people of East Africa.
H.E. Egon Kochanke, Ambassador said: “The new commitments underline
that Germany continues to be a strong partner for the EAC,
contributing to an integration process that puts the people in the
On his part, the Director of KfW Development Bank, Dar es Salaam
Office, Dr. Helmut Schon said ‘’the support from KfW underlines the
importance we give to the East African Community’’ a regional approach
under the EAC coordination makes very much sense to address
Accompanying Amb. Kochanke was Ms Lena Thiede, Counsellor/Head of
Regional Cooperation at the German Embassy in Dar es Salaam, and
Director of KfW Development Bank, Dr. Helmut Schon.
Others at the function were EAC Deputy Secretaries General (Finance
and Administration), Hon Jesca Eriyo; (Productive and Social Sector),
Hon. Christophe Bavizamo and (Political Federation), Mr. Charles
Notes to editor
GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private global health
partnership committed to increasing access to immunisation in poor
countries. GAVI brings together developing country and donor
governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, The World Bank,
the vaccine industry in both industrialised and developing countries,
research and technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation and other private philanthropists.
The KfW, formerly KfW Bankengruppe (banking group), is a
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