US provides additional assistance of $5.5 million to Nepal for COVID-19 response
KATHMANDU: Government of the United States of America has introduced a further $5.5 million in new funding, via the US Agency for International Development (USAID), to mitigate the secondary impacts of COVID-19 transmission in Nepal.
The new funding brings the United States Government’s COVID-19 help to Nepal to a complete of $7.three million.
According to the US Embassy in Nepal, via this help, USAID will work with the Government of Nepal to deal with second-order impacts of the disaster. Specifically, the funding will mobilise monetary assist for the financial restoration of small companies, constructing on current partnerships to deal with pressing wants inside hard-hit municipalities; and help native governments and establishments in susceptible communities to evaluate, plan for, and reply to socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, whereas leveraging personal sector funding.
USAID can also be offering well being help funding to conduct community-level risk-communications, put together laboratory programs, activate case-finding and surveillance, and assist technical specialists for response and preparedness.
In the announcement of USAID’s new COVID-19 response help, US Ambassador to Nepal, Randy Berry acknowledged, “Times of disaster like these are the truest check of a partnership, and we stay dedicated to constructing a extra resilient, wholesome, affluent, and self-reliant Nepal throughout these laborious instances – and past.”
The United States’ sturdy and collaborative partnership with the Government of Nepal spans over 70 years and contains the supply of over $1.5 billion in US help to assist the event of agriculture, training, well being, and different socio-economic sectors in Nepal, stated the Embassy in a press assertion.
For a long time, the United States has been the world’s largest supplier of bilateral help in world well being. Since 2009, American taxpayers have funded greater than $100 billion in well being help and almost $70 billion in humanitarian help.