The First Quarter started with an increase in the P&PP Leadership and Technical Committee meetings. IAs, with support from RRI Coaches, continued working to meet targets. Implementation of the Project activities are not moving as originally planned, due primarily to the impact of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which resulted in limited size and number of meetings, unavailability of the Technical experts from KPMG (Consultants for the Job Evaluation) and a drastic reduction in Counterpart Funding.
However, the country continues to record a down-ward trend in reported cases since the outbreak of the EVD in May/June 2014. Unlike the Fourth Quarter 2014 that recorded the worst statistics in terms of confirmed new cases and deaths, the country continues to make significant gains in the fight against the scourge. This unfortunate situation once again kept all activities with Implementing Agencies to a minimum. A “no cost” extension of the Project was requested and, following PSRU updating various Bank Indicators, the Bank TTL confirmed that approval was likely.