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Cordaid avails 67 million birr for COVID-19 response

Cordaid, a non-governmental organization, has given its support to the Ministry of Health (MoH) to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. CORDAID is providing 67 million birr worth of support to covid-19 response in Ethiopia, mobilizing resources from donor funded programs, which includes basic personal equipment’s and pharmaceuticals required for the ailing.

From the 67 million birr provided to the response, 58 percent is reallocated from ongoing health programs funded by the Embassy of the kingdom of the Netherlands. As per the reports, the support is provided predominantly through new programs funded by Dutch Relief Alliance, the European Union and CORDAID’s own funds.

It was indicated that the vast majority of the COVID-19 response is provided to Addis Ababa City Administration, Oromia, Somali, and Amhara regions, where CORDAID has a presence through ongoing project.

CORDAID, in collaboration with the MoH said the contribution will help to prevent COVID-19 transmissions through distribution of hand washing soaps, sanitizers and surface disinfectants to community members, health facilities and school.

In this regards, in the process of procuring PPE materials, Cordaid has managed to convince a local vendor GUYYA Textile Manufacturing, to contribute 250,000 birr to the school feeding program in Addis Ababa City Administration.

CORDAID is an international Non- Governmental Organization which engages communities to rebuild trust, resilience and increase people's self-reliance. It also provides humanitarian assistance and creates opportunities to improve security, healthcare, education and stimulate inclusive economic growth.

As of October 16, 2020, Ethiopia has a total of 87,169 coronavirus cases, and 1325 deaths so far with 40,988 people recovering.