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U.S gives PNG K8m more for virus response
01:18 am GMT+12, 28/05/2020, Papua New Guinea

The United States Embassy in Papua New Guinea has announced its government’s commitment of K8 million (US$2.3 million), through the United States Agency for International Development (USAid), to support PNG fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
This latest donation brings the total U.S government assistance to nearly K12 million (US$3.5 million).
 
USAid awarded K6m (US$1.75m) to support clinics in the National Capital District, building capacity on infection prevention and control, supporting facilities, expanding testing capacity, establishing response teams, upgrading WaSH facilities, and facilitating contact tracing.
 
More technical assistance is bolstering the overall donor response, planned in co-ordination with other donors, such as strengthening quality assurance and capacity development to support World Bank-provided laboratory equipment.
 
USAID, having awarded UNICEF K2m (US$600,000) in April 2020, will now double that amount to K4m (US$1.2m).
 
Unicef is developing community-level risk communication materials and campaigns and overseeing risk communication coordination efforts for the country, as well as providing support in infection prevention, community engagement, and WASH activities.
 
UNICEF is also providing WASH products and commodities, and assisting with data collection.
 
Last month, USAid contributed K2 million (USD$600,000) to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) PNG office to support laboratory strengthening and preparedness, procurement of laboratory supplies, training of health workers, and boosting surveillance activities.
 
“The U.S government commends the hard work of our PNG partners during the first 100 days of Covid-19 response in the country,” said US Ambassador Erin McKee.
 
“We remain committed to supporting PNG to overcome this global pandemic,” Ambassador McKee said.

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS


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