…As EU set to help Africa, others with €15 bn, to fight coronavirus***
The U.S. Consulate General, Lagos, says more than $7 million in health and humanitarian funding will go toward risk communication, water and sanitation activities, infection prevention, and coordination in Nigeria.
This is as the U.S provides nearly $274 million to help dozens of countries to combat the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a statement by the consulate said on Tuesday in Lagos.
“This is furthering America’s commitment to humanitarian assistance and global health.
“This assistance joins more than $5.2 billion in U.S. health assistance and more than $8.1 billion in total assistance for Nigeria over the past 20 years.’’
According to it, the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Nigeria is working with PEPFAR Implementing Partners to leverage resources to help establish sample collection centres in one PEPFAR-supported facility per state; host emergency operation centres.
“It will also utilise PEPFAR-supported human resources and supplies to support COVID-19 testing labs.
“WHO is coordinating the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is on the ground in 149 countries.
“This broad-based effort would not be possible without U.S. support. The United States has been the largest supporter of the World Health Organisation since its creation in 1948.
“The U.S. contributions to WHO in 2019 exceeded $400 million, almost double the 2nd largest member state contribution. China, in contrast, contributed $44 million,’’ it said.
In another development, the European Union is set to give 15 billion euros’ (16.3 billion dollars’) worth of support to Africa and other regions of the world for their efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
“In a few weeks, Africa and our neighbours could be facing the same enormous challenges that we here in Europe are currently facing,” said EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday.
“They need our help to effectively stop the spread of the virus, just as we needed help during this crisis,” she added in a video on Twitter.
According to her, it’s in the bloc’s interest that the fight against the coronavirus is successful around the world.
“For this reason, the European Union is now securing financial aid of more than 15 billion euros to support partner countries worldwide in the fight against the virus,” she said.
The tweet said the money involved grants that were being diverted. Further support would be coming from individual EU member states.
The financial help will help to strengthen health systems, keep people in work and support economies, she added.