Dar es Salaam: The United States has announced an additional $2.4 million (5.6 billion Tanzanian shillings), through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in health assistance funds for the strengthening of laboratory capacity for optimal diagnostics, risk-communications, water and sanitation, the prevention and control of infections, public health messaging, and more. This support complements the $1 million recently announced COVID-19 relief funds, for a total of $3.4 million in new resources for Tanzania. In addition, the U.S. government has directed existing $1.9 million to address COVID-19 for a total of $5.3 million (12.2 billion Tanzanian shillings).
The United States has invested more than $7.5 billion total in Tanzania over the past 20 years, nearly $4.9 billion for health. Since 2009, the United States government has funded more than $100 billion in health assistance and nearly $70 billion in humanitarian assistance globally. The United States 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.
The United States continues to demonstrate global leadership in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The American people have given more than $10 billion that will benefit the global COVID-19 response, and we continue to ensure that the substantial U.S. funding and scientific efforts on this front remain a central and coordinated part of the worldwide effort against COVID-19. Months into fighting this pandemic at home and abroad, the United States continues to lead a global response—building on decades of leadership in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance.