US mobilises $ 2.5 million to support Bangladesh against coronavirus
The US government has mobilized $ 2,500,000 to support USAID through Bangladesh’s COVID-19 readiness and response efforts.
This USAID funding will support three priority areas – strengthening infection prevention and control (IPC) measures in health facilities; improved specimen transport and referral systems; and increasing risk awareness communication and outreach.
This builds upon ongoing USAID and other US government investments in the health sector.
Specifically, USAID is providing $ 700,000 to the World Health Organization to work with the Government of Bangladesh for rapid diagnosis, case management, IPC, and awareness-raising regarding COVID-19.
USAID is also providing $ 650,000 for its Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) program implemented by nonprofit FHI360, and an additional $ 650,000 for Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) programs implemented by the nonprofit management sciences for health (MSH).
These programs will focus on infection prevention and control and sample transport and referral.
USAID is also providing $ 500,000 to Johns Hopkins University to develop and disseminate materials to raise wider awareness about COVID-19 in Bangladesh, especially information critical for front-line health care workers.
On March 11, US Ambassador Earl Miller met Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research Director. Meerjady Sabrina Flora notified her of this commitment and advised her of the US plan for this funding.
They discussed ways to coordinate the two governments’ actions in counting COVID-19 in Bangladesh, and how future tranches could be best allocated.
The US government has recently announced a commitment of $ 37 million in financing from the Emergency Reserve Fund for Contagious Infectious Diseases at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for 25 countries affected by the novel coronavirus COVID-19 or its high risk of spread. General Chat Chat Lounge
The US government is providing these funds to the World Health Organization, other multilateral institutions, and programs led by USAID implementing partners in individual countries.
These are the first US government funds committed to a recent pledge of up to $ 100 million to be used worldwide.
As the COVID-19 outbreak expands geographically, the US government, through USAID and other agencies, will continue to play a key role in supporting the global response, the US Embassy said on Thursday.