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US pledges USD 37 mln

US pledges USD 37 mln

The US, through its State Department and its developmental agency, the Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has pledged USD 37 million to Ethiopia to fight COVID-19 pandemic. This comes weeks after US President, Donald J. Trump and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) spoke on the phone, in which Trump promised Ethiopia that the US would help with ventilators to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

“As we have done time and time again, the US will continue to support others during their time of greatest need. The COVID-19 pandemic is no different. And both during and after this crisis, we will remain steadfastly alongside our Ethiopian friends and partners to help build a brighter future for all Ethiopians,” Ambassador Michael A. Raynor said in a statement.

The assistance is to go towards, case management in supporting clinical care, infection prevention and control to prevent, support of laboratories, public health screening to help implement emergency plans, support the Hawassa Industrial Plans to help preserve jobs and to humanitarian assistance.

The US, through its development agencies continues to be Ethiopia’s biggest developmental partners, supporting public health, food assistance, among others.

In the last two decades, the United States estimates it has invested USD 13 billion, including USD 4 billion to go towards the nation’s vulnerable healthcare system. 

“The US also continues to be the largest financial contributor to international financial institutions, including the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, which are providing hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars in direct support of the health sector and emergency loans to assist Ethiopia and others in meeting the challenge of COVID-19,” a statement from the Embassy said, adding, “The United States has been the largest provider of bilateral assistance in public health worldwide for decades. Since 2009, American taxpayers have generously funded more than $100 billion in health assistance and nearly $70 billion in humanitarian assistance.”