US inks 5.6bn/- uplift for Covid-19 response

23May 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
US inks 5.6bn/- uplift for Covid-19 response

​​​​​​​THE United States has announced an additional $2.4m (5.6bn/-) in health assistance funds for Tanzania through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The aid is intended for strengthening laboratory capacity for optimal diagnostics, risk communications, water and sanitation, prevention and control of infections, public health messaging and other relevant needs.

A US Embassy statement said in Dar es Salaam yesterday that this support complements the $1m recently disbursed Covid-19 relief funds, making it a total of $3.4m in new health sector resources for Tanzania.

In addition, the US government has directed to the Covid-19 battle an existing $1.9m disbursement, making it a total of 5.3m (12.2bn/-), it said.

The US has disbursed aid totaling over $7.5bn in Tanzania over the past 20 years, with around $4.9bn directed to the health sector.

Since 2009, the United States government has directed over $100bn to health assistance and nearly $70 billion in humanitarian assistance globally.

“The US government continues to be the single largest health and humanitarian donor for both long-term development and capacity building efforts with partners, and emergency response efforts in the face of recurrent crises. We are leading the world’s humanitarian and health assistance response to the Covid-19 pandemic,” the statement asserted.

“The United States continues to demonstrate global leadership in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. The American people have given more than $10 billion that will benefit the global Covid-19 response, and we continue to ensure that the substantial US funding and scientific efforts on this front remain a central and coordinated part of the worldwide effort against the pandemic.”

“Months into fighting this pandemic at home and abroad, the United States continues to lead a global response – building on decades of leadership in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance,” it added.