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US pledges $3.4m aid for Bangladesh

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29 March, 2020 12:00 AM printer

US pledges $3.4m aid for Bangladesh

The United States on Friday announced US $174 million financial assistance for 64 countries, including USD 3.4 million for Bangladesh, to help them fight the coronavirus pandemic.

This is in addition to the USD 100 million aids announced by the US in February.

Earlier on March 12, the United States government announced $2.5 million for Bangladesh to respond to novel coronavirus from the Emergency Reserve Fund for Contagious Infectious Diseases at the USAID.

The newly announced assistance is part of a larger American global response package across multiple departments and agencies, including the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The funding is for 64 of the most at-risk countries facing the threat of the global pandemic.

Announcing the humanitarian and health assistance response to COVID-19, the US State Department on Friday said it is providing USD 3.4 million for Bangladesh in health assistance which will help with case management and surveillance activities.

“This builds upon more than $1 billion in health assistance alone out of nearly $4 billion in total US assistance over the past 20 years,” the State Department said.

The US is also providing USD 2.9 million to India, USD 1.3 million to Sri Lanka, USD 1.8 million to Nepal, and USD 5 million to Afghanistan to help them fight the pandemic.

According to United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick, the new assistance builds on the US' record of global health leadership.

"For decades, the United States has been the world's largest provider of bilateral assistance in public health.

The US has saved lives, protected people who are most vulnerable to disease, built health institutions, and promoted the stability of communities and nations.”