The funds from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will support the Haitian government’s national Covid-19 response plan, led by the Ministry of Public Health, the Department of Civil Protection of the Ministry of the Interior, the Haitian intensive care hospital network and local organizations and international.
“The American people have a long history of helping their neighbours both at home and abroad. The United States provides aid because we believe it’s the right thing to do; we also provide assistance as a matter of pragmatism. If we can help countries contain outbreaks, we’ll save lives abroad and at home in the United States,” said US Ambassador to Haiti, Michèle Sison.
In presenting the commitment of an additional $1.7 million (USD) to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in Guyana and the rest of the Caribbean, US Ambassador to Guyana Sarah-Ann Lynch said “The United States Government is committed to assisting the people of Guyana to combat the spread of COVID-19 to prevent illness and deaths associated with the dreaded pandemic and ultimately improve the quality of life and the economic outcomes of this wonderful country and its people.”
Through this assistance, USAID will support Infection prevention and control in health-care facilities; Communications to help educate people on steps they can take to prevent and respond to the spread of the virus, through country-specific media campaigns; Surveillance and rapid response with case-finding and event-based surveillance for COVID-19. USAID also helps countries train and support rapid-response teams to investigate cases and conduct contact tracing.
This is in addition to last week’s presentation of US$475,000 through its Centres for Disease Control to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
On the 6th of April, The United States Government committed US$700,000 to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in Jamaica.
In Haiti, through the USAID and the Centres for Disease Control, the United States will support, among other things, the purchase and distribution of hand washing kits to reach approximately 400,000 Haitians ; launch a national hand washing campaign in health facilities, religious centres, marketplaces and public spaces in French and Creole and to amplify the government’s messaging through national and local radio, sound trucks, megaphone announcement and visual materials to specifically address any stigmas, discrimination, misinformation and myths.
To date, the number of active cases in Haiti now stands at 61 cases.
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