Sierra Leone, Uganda


Public Health, Nutrition and Water

Type of Investment


Project Stage
Test & Transition
Length of Investment



Investment Overview

A $1.05 million grant to support BRAC Sierra Leone and BRAC Uganda’s efforts to fight Covid-19. BRAC Sierra Leone focused on behavioural change messaging reinforced by in-person support from community health workers. BRAC Uganda focused on strengthening the health system.


The Development Challenge

Even though at the end of 2020 there were relatively few cases and deaths attributed to Covid-19 in Africa (2.5 million and 57,000 respectively), the rate of spread and possibility of future waves had public health officials concerned. At the same time, there had been a growing awareness of the expected negative economic repercussions for many developing countries, particularly for the poorest and most vulnerable sections of their societies.


The Innovation

The investment funded emergency Covid-19 response work in Sierra Leone and Uganda, as well as the strengthening of long-term health systems in Uganda through improvisation and technology adoption. BRAC refocused existing staff and volunteers from general and health community support to collaborate with the Government of Sierra Leone and the Government of Uganda in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. BRAC worked with the Government of Uganda to demonstrate the use of digital platforms for behavioural change messaging, remote training of Community Health Workers (CHWs), and data collection by CHWs.


Our Investment

A $1.05 million grant.


Why we invested

BRAC has a longstanding history of successful community health work in Sierra Leone and Uganda. BRAC Uganda is a key partner of the Ministry of Health and was specifically requested to help in responding to the Covid-19 crisis. BRAC Sierra Leone operated throughout the 2014-2016 Ebola crisis, when most other NGOs ceased operations.

In addition to the urgent need to stem the spread of Covid-19 in Sierra Leone and Uganda, GIF saw the potential for the tools for data collection to not only save lives during the Covid-19 pandemic but on an ongoing basis.


BRAC in numbers

$1.05 million

GIF grant

2.5 million

Covid-19 cases in Africa by the end of 2020