The US on Friday introduced USD 174 million monetary help to 64 nations together with USD 2.9 million to India to assist them struggle the coronavirus pandemic. That is along with the USD 100 million help introduced by the US in February.
The newly introduced help is an element of a bigger American international response bundle throughout a number of departments and companies, together with the Centres for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC). The funding is for 64 of essentially the most at-risk nations dealing with the specter of the worldwide pandemic.
The US State Division stated it’s offering USD 2.9 million to assist the Indian authorities put together laboratory techniques, activate case discovering and event-based surveillance, and assist technical specialists for response and preparedness, and extra.
“This builds upon the muse of greater than USD 1.four billion in well being help out of the greater than USD 2.eight billion in US help for India during the last 20 years,” the State Division stated.
In response to United States Company for Worldwide Growth (USAID) Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick, the brand new help builds on the US’ report of world well being management.
“For many years, the US has been the world’s largest supplier of bilateral help in public well being. The US has saved lives, protected people who find themselves most susceptible to illness, constructed well being establishments, and promoted the steadiness of communities and nations,” he informed reporters.
In South Asia, the State Division is offering USD 1 million in well being funding to assist it strengthen monitoring and higher put together communities to establish potential outbreaks.
To bolster its nationwide COVID-19 motion plan, the US has additionally redirected greater than USD 1 million in present funding for coaching of healthcare suppliers and different pressing wants.
It’s offering USD 1.Three million to Sri Lanka, USD 1.eight million to Nepal, USD 3.four million to Bangladesh and USD 5 million to Afghanistan to assist them struggle the pandemic.