Tbilisi – The United States Government has committed $1 million in additional funding through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in Georgia. The new assistance, delivered in partnership with UNICEF, will provide hygiene and medical supplies to healthcare facilities, support rapid response teams, case management, and infection control, and strengthen public health communications. In total, USAID has provided $2.7 million in emergency relief funding to help Georgia respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This new assistance will further strengthen Georgia’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Delivered through USAID, it is part of a broader U.S. Government effort to support Georgia during this difficult period, and to help it prepare for a strong recovery,” said United States Ambassador to Georgia Kelly C. Degnan.
As part of a whole-of-government approach, other health sector assistance has been provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), as well as USAID’s support for Georgia’s economic recovery and effective provision of public services during the pandemic. Over the past 20 years, the U.S. has invested nearly $140 million in helping Georgia build a capable, resilient, and professional healthcare system.
For decades, the United States has been the world’s largest provider of bilateral assistance in public health.
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.
For more information about USAID’s response to COVID-19, please visit: https://www.usaid.gov/coronavirus-covid-19