UNODC commends the Federal Republic of Germany for its commitment in addressing the COVID-19 crisis in West Africa


Dakar - The Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) thanks the Federal Republic of Germany for its commitment in the fight against the COVID-19 crisis in West Africa.

As of February 2020, with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region, UNODC wanted to respond to the need for support from law enforcement agencies to continue their work in safe sanitary conditions and thus prevent the spread of the virus within their ranks and more broadly among the population.

As part of its annual contribution to the UNODC projct "Assistance to the ECOWAS and to Member States in West Africa for the Development and Implementation of Drug Control and Crime Prevention Strategies" (XAMU50), the Federal Republic of Germany has agreed to reallocate part of its funding to UNODC activities in response to the COVID19 pandemic.

Germany's financial support and responsiveness has thus enabled UNODC to provide personal protective equipments to the law enforcement agencies of Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Senegal and the police component of the G5 Sahel to ensure continuity in the fight against drug trafficking, transnational organised crime and terrorism.

May 2020, donation of PPEs to the G5 Sahel Joint Force Provost Brigades.
November 2020, donation of PPEs to the Ghana Police Service and Ghana Immigration Service. 
December 2020, PPEs handed over to the Government of Burkina Faso for the security forces.
January 2021, PPEs received by the Ministry of Justice and Labour of Cabo Verde for the judicial police and penitentiary services.
February 2021, Equipment handed to the Senegalese Ministry of the Interior through the General Direction of the National Police.

The exceptional situation created by the pandemic and the need to preserve the health and safety of populations also prompted UNODC to develop a training programme for law enforcement officers on the safe management of a health crisis.

Thanks to the financial support of Germany, UNODC therefore decided to set up, in coordination with other United Nations agencies (WHO, OHCHR, UNICEF, UNFPA, IOM, UNHCR, UN WOMEN), a training of trainers activity covering all the aspects necessary for the proper management of a health crisis. The first one has already taken place in Mauritania and other countries (Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Senegal) should also benefit from it in 2021. 

First training of trainers organised by UNODC in November 2020 on the management of the COVID-19 pandemic by the Mauritanian law enforcement agencies (national gendarmerie, national security, road safety group and national guard) - in partnership with WHO, UNICEF, OHCHR, UNFPA and UNHCR.