Covid-19: USA grants $570K for medical assistance to Angola

Luanda – Angola will benefit from medical assistance in the amount of $570,000 and support in the supply of water, sanitation and risk communication, the US State Department announced last Saturday March 28.

According to a press release from the US Government, this action is part of efforts to combat the new corona-virus (Covid-19) and also aims to support the prevention and control of infections in the main health centres in Angola.

“This assistance is in addition to the long-term US investments in Angola, which include $613million in health care and US $1.48 billion in total investments in the last 20 years,” the document highlghts.

The United States mobilizes the resources needed to respond quickly to the Covid-19 pandemic within its territory and in other countries.

As part of that response, the State Department and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) provide an initial investment of nearly USD 274million in emergency humanitarian and medical assistance to help countries in need, in addition to the funding they already have channeled to multilateral organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.

So far, the total includes almost USD100 million in emergency medical assistance from the USAID Global Health Emergency Reserve Fund and $110 million in humanitarian assistance from the USAID International Disaster Assistance Account to be provided to up to 64 countries at greatest risk during the global pandemic.

Through the United States Department of State’s Population, Refugee and Migration sector, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) will receive $64 million in humanitarian assistance to help some of the world’s most vulnerable people, who already live in a situation of humanitarian crisis and face the threats posed by Covid-19.

US government agencies are working together to prioritize external assistance based on coordination and potential impact.

Source: Angola Press News Agency

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