THE United States (US) Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided an additional K112 million ($6.7 million) in COVID-19 assistance for Zambia.
According to the statement released by the US Embassy in Lusaka today, the USAID will continue to work in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other partners to boost access to oxygen supplies and essential medicines.
The assistance is also aimed at supporting patient management as well as the hiring of additional doctors and nurses and increase support for community awareness and engagement by providing accurate information on COVID-19.
“[The] American leadership is rising up to meet unprecedented global health challenges,” USAID Zambia Mission Director Sheryl Stumbras said.
“With decades of experience and investments in health, USAID has led the global response to health threats like Ebola, malaria, and tuberculosis. Today, we are responding decisively to COVID-19.”
The US is working quickly to get safe and effective vaccines to as many people as possible with the understanding that increasing global vaccination coverage is the best way out of this pandemic.
Since the global outbreak of the pandemic, the US, through multiple government agencies and initiatives including CDC, Department of Defense, Department of State, USAID, and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), has provided more than $28 million to fight COVID-19 in Zambia.
In addition, the U.S. has provided financing through the Global Fund to the fight against AIDS, TB, and Malaria, COVAX, Gavi, and other multilateral partners to support the COVID-19 response in Zambia and around the world.
USAID’s support complements the national effort to vaccinate Zambians against COVID-19, as vaccination is free of cost, available throughout the country and effective in preventing severe illness and death.