COVID-19: US donates $7m to Nigeria as total aid in 20 years hits $8.1bn

The United States Government has announced a fresh commitment of $7million in health and humanitarian funding to Nigeria.

The fund is for risk communication, water and sanitation activities, infection prevention and coordination.

This was contained in a statement on Tuesday by the U.S. Consulate in Nigeria.

“This assistance joins more than $5.2 billion in U.S. health assistance and more than $8.1 billion in total assistance for Nigeria over the past 20 years”, it read.

The U.S. Government is the world’s leading donor in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The State Department and USAID are providing an initial $274million to countries, in addition to the funding already provided to bodies such as the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

This includes $100 million in emergency health assistance from USAID’s Global Health Emergency Reserve Fund and $110 million in humanitarian assistance from USAID’s International Disaster Assistance account.

“The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) will receive $64 million in humanitarian assistance to help address the threats posed by COVID-19 in existing humanitarian crisis situations for some of the world’s most vulnerable people”, the U.S. noted.

As of April 6, over 44,000 Americans in Nigeria and 77 other nations have been returned home amid the COVID-19 global crisis.

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