THE US has provided $9.6 million funding to Bangladesh in health assistance to slow the spread of COVID-19, the state department has said.
The state department and the US agency for international development have now committed nearly $508 million in emergency health, humanitarian, and economic assistance.
This is on top of the funding the US has already provide to multilateral and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are helping communities around the world deal with the pandemic.
In South Asia, America’s COVID-19 assistance has gone to Afghanistan ($18 million), India ($5.9 million) Bhutan ($500,000), Nepal ($1.8 million), Pakistan ($9.4 million) and Sri Lanka ($1.3 million).
The amount is being used to help India hinder the spread of the disease by providing care for the affected, disseminating essential public health messages to communities and strengthen case-finding and surveillance, the state department said.
The assistance is also being used to mobilise innovative financing mechanisms for emergency preparedness and response to this pandemic.