United States announces contribution worth US7.5 million to strengthen Pakistan’s fight against coronavirus
U.S. Ambassador Paul W. Jones announced on Thursday that the United States is expanding its partnership with Pakistan to strengthen the country’s fights against coronavirus.
In his video message released on the U.S. Mission Pakistan’s social media platforms, Ambassador Jones highlighted “how together the U.S. is protecting those most vulnerable to the economic fallout from coronavirus.”
The Ambassador announced a new American contribution of:
- US$5 million to support Pakistan’s Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program to providee 70,000 eligible families extra support
- US$2.5 million therapeutic food program for children diagnosed with acute malnutrition.
Since designating Pakistan a priority country for coronavirus assistance, the United States has committed nearly $15 million in new funding to Pakistan, he said. All of these contributions were identified as top priority needs by Pakistani authorities, and they are fully funded by the American people, the statement reads.
Ambassador Jones also expressed his appreciation of the many Pakistani expressions of sympathy and support for Americans and said that Americans send with equal sincerity their sympathy and support for Pakistanis who have suffered from coronavirus.
He also informed that Pakistan-U.S. health partnership is strengthening Pakistan’s fight against coronavirus by providing mobile labs to COVID hotspots, training healthcare workers to create patients at home, upgrading provincial emergency operation centers and supporting refugees and communities.