In response to the fight against the spread of the coronavirus in Madagascar, the U.S. government is providing $2.5 million in additional health assistance through the U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar. This grant will help strengthen the health response throughout the country, including hospitals, laboratories and community health.
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An ongoing commitment by the US government
The American government takes its commitment seriously. Michael Pelletier, the U.S. ambassador to Madagascar, announced on national television April 21 that the U.S. government will provide financial assistance as part of the American people’s comprehensive response to the pandemic. The United States has provided an additional $2.5 million in health assistance. The funding will help the Malagasy government manage the spread of Covid-19 throughout the country.
Over the past 20 years, the United States has invested more than $1.5 billion in development and emergency assistance and nearly $700 million in health assistance. Last year, it funded more than $60 million in a major effort to strengthen the Malagasy health system.
“This contribution to fight Covid-19 is a testament to our strong, ongoing partnership with the people and government of Madagascar and will help to protect the health and safety of the Malagasy people. Together, we will win this fight against Covid-19.”said Michael Pelletier, U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar.
The largest donor worldwide
The U.S. government is the single largest health and humanitarian donor for both long-term development and capacity building effort around the world. U.S. taxpayers have provided more than $100 billion in health assistance and nearly $70 billion in humanitarian assistance worldwide over the past decade.
These donations have helped save lives, protected people who are most vulnerable to disease, build health institutions and promoted the stability of communities and nations around the world.
The world has benefited from health, humanitarian and economic assistance, including more than $500 million in the fight against Covid-19. The funds will be used to support important activities to control the spread of Covid-19, in particular rapid public health information campaigns, laboratory support, water and sanitation, and infection prevention and control in healthcare facilities.