Press Release: U.S. government Response to COVID-19 (April 3, 2020)

Dar es Salaam: The U.S. government is rising to meet the historic challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, every day, all over the world. Americans have provided generous support to coronavirus victims in hard-hit regions all over the world, from Africa to Asia, through government agencies, private businesses, nonprofit groups, charitable organizations, and religious groups. 

In Tanzania, the United States has announced $1 million in health assistance to help provide risk communication, water and sanitation, infection prevention and control, public health messaging, and more.  The United States has invested nearly $7.5 billion for Tanzanian development over the past 20 years and nearly $4.9 billion in health alone, including more than 200,000 shillings for every Tanzanian man, woman, and child to combat HIV and AIDS in Tanzania.  

Since 2009, American taxpayers have funded more than $100 billion in health assistance and nearly $70 billion in humanitarian assistance globally.  The U.S. government continues to be the single largest health and humanitarian donor for both long-term development and capacity building efforts with partners, and emergency response efforts in the face of recurrent crises, and we are leading the world’s humanitarian and health assistance response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As Secretary Pompeo announced on March 26, 2020, the United States is providing an initial investment of nearly $274 million in emergency health and humanitarian assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with the U.S. private sector, the American people continue to lead in responding to this pandemic.

Across the board, we are working diligently to prioritize our assistance to those communities most in need.  So far, our assistance is mainly medical assistance and supplies. However, these efforts will soon be supplemented by this additional assistance to bolster our partners’ medical systems and mitigate the broader economic, stabilization, and security effects of the outbreak.

To request more information, please call the U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam Press Office at Tel: +255 22 229-4000 or email: DPO@state.gov 

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