US Provides Additional $ 5 Million for Urgent COVID-19 Aid in West Bank and Gaza Occupied Palestinian Territory
The United States – through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) – is providing $ 5 million in urgent COVID-19 assistance to the West Bank and Gaza. It builds on the US donation of 500,000 Moderna vaccines via COVAX to the Palestinian Authority to help fight COVID-19 and the $ 25 million assistance provided by USAID to the West Bank and Gaza earlier in 2021. This assistance will improve access to and effective COVID-19 vaccinations, as well as reduce morbidity and mortality from COVID-19. The funds will also help mitigate transmission and strengthen health systems in the region to prevent, detect and respond to pandemic threats.
As of March 2020, USAID assistance in the West Bank and Gaza:
- Infection prevention and control training for 400 health workers in addition to specialized training for 40 health workers on supply chain management and provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure safety health workers when treating patients;
- funded home care for nearly 8,000 high-risk people through outreach mobile medical teams and donated infection prevention and control hygiene kits to over 6,689 households to protect families against the virus ;
- Provision of emergency food assistance to nearly 1,330 households in Gaza through the distribution of electronic vouchers; and
- Provided infection prevention supplies to over 35,300 vulnerable people and reached nearly 44,300 people with targeted communication on COVID-19 prevention measures. These efforts build on decades of life saving work and American leadership in the fight against global health crises. Over the past 60 years, USAID has saved millions of lives from diseases such as Ebola, HIV / AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and now COVID-19.
Diseases know no borders. The United States is committed to partnering with the Palestinians to end the COVID-19 pandemic, mitigate its devastating social and economic impacts, and rebuild a world that is even better prepared for future epidemics.