Since the Coronavirus outbreak, the United states has committed over $775 million in humanitarian, in emergency health and economic assistance that will help over 120 countries, in fighting the COVID19 pandemic, the U.S. state department has said,as the deadly virus claimed over 230,00 lives and infected over 3.3million people.
According to the factsheet released by U.S. State Department on Friday, the over $775 million assistance is specifically aimed at helping international organisation, governmebts and NGOs to fight the COVID19 pandemic .
The funding, provided by Congress, will save lives by protecting healthcare facilities, improving public health education, and increasing laboratory, rapid response capacity and disease-surveillance in more than 120 countries, it said.
India has received $5.9 million in health assistance to hinder the spread of COVID19 by providing care for the affected, dissemenating necessary public health messages to communities and strengthen surveillance and case finding, it said .
In South Asia, Pakistan $15 million, Afghanistan $18 million and Bangladesh $12.3 million, have received more in COVID-19 health assistance from the United States, it said.
America's Coronavirus assistance to date includes nearly $200 million in emergency health assistance from USAID's Global Health Emergency Reserve Fund for Contagious Infectious Disease Outbreaks and Global Health Programs account.
These funds prioritised interventions to alleviate and prepare communities in developing countries at a risk of and affected of Coronavirus.
It has supplied nearly $300 million in humanitarian assistance from USAID's International Disaster Assistance account.
These funds prioritise populations affected by the ongoing Coronavirus epidemic, particularly displaced people, because of their heightened vulnerability, the elevated risk of informal settlement and severe outbreaks in camps and anticipated disproportionate mortality in these populations.
It has provided nearly $150 million from the Economic Support Fund, these funds will promote American foreign policy interests by supporting shorter term mitigation effect and addressing second order impacts from the COVID19 pandemic in the long run, across a variety of sectors.
More than $130 million in humanitarian abetment from the Refugee Assistance and Migration account, supplied through the State Department's Bureau of Publication, Refugees and Migration.
These funds will help NGO partners and International organisations address challenges posed by the COVID19 pandemic in IDP, refugees and hosting communities as well as other vulnerable people and migrants in both local and global humanitarian responses.
This new assist is in addition to the over $100 billion in global health funding and nearly $70 billion in overseas humanitarian abetment provided by the United States in the last decade.