Photo Courtesy: Twitter account of US Ambassador to Nepal Randy Berry.
May 2: The United States Government has announced additional funds of US$ 8.5 million to Nepal as a “support the Nepali people” to combat coronavirus.
The announcement comes at a challenging time when the country is facing second wave of the disease.
The US Embassy in Nepal said in a statement that the fund will be made available to the government through the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
According to the embassy, the additional assistance will help intensify the Government of Nepal’s COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and case investigation, treatment, infection prevention and control, border control, and other work at the federal, provincial and municipal levels.
USAID/Nepal will also scale-up its response at the community level, supporting the most vulnerable, the statement added. Assistance will include support to households and families through life-saving COVID-19 counseling and referrals, nutrition counseling, health care access, ensure the continuity of critical HIV services, and mitigate the secondary impacts of COVID-19.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, the United States has stood with the people and Government of Nepal in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. With USAID’s latest provision of emergency funding, the US Government reaffirms its commitment to the strong and collaborative 70-year partnership between the United States and Nepal,” added the statement.