U.S. Embassy Port Moresby has announced a U.S. government commitment of nearly K4.2 million to help Papua New Guinea (PNG) in its COVID-19 response.
The assistance will help the government to prepare laboratory systems, activate case-finding and event-based surveillance, support technical experts for response and preparedness, risk communication, infection prevention and control, and more.
“The U.S. government strongly supports our partnership with the governments of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu in a comprehensive, worldwide fight against COVID-19,” said U.S. Ambassador Erin McKee.
Over the past 20 years, the United States has invested more than US $52 million in PNG’s health sector alone, and nearly US $90 million in total assistance.
Additionally, the U.S. government has committed US $2.3 million to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the Pacific Islands region.
To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the broader Pacific region, the United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is coordinating with the governments of PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, and Nauru, and other stakeholders to identify priority areas for investment.
For decades, the United States has been the world's largest provider of bilateral assistance in public health. Since 2009, American taxpayers have generously made available more than US $100 billion dollars in health assistance and nearly US $70 billion in humanitarian assistance globally. This generosity is underscored by our contributions to several crucial multilateral partners, which include:
• U.S. contributions to the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2019, which exceeded US $400 million, almost double the second largest member state contribution.
• U.S. support to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) of nearly US $1.7 billion contributed in 2019. This support will be critical going forward, as refugee populations are uniquely vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic; and
• U.S. contributions to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 2019 totaled more than US $700 million. The life-saving activities UNICEF has been doing for years -- such as immunization campaigns and health and sanitation training and assistance -- will save lives as we fight this dangerous pathogen.
Because an infectious-disease threat anywhere can become a threat everywhere, the United States calls on other donors to contribute to the global effort to combat COVID-19.
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