US Provides Additional $ 2 Million for Urgent COVID-19 Aid in Maldives – Maldives
USAID / Maldives
** Male, Maldives ** – In a meeting with Minister of State for Health Dr. Shah Abdulla Mahir, United States, through United States Agency for International Development (USAID), have announced urgent aid of $ 2 million for COVID-19 Maldives. These funds will support the Ministry of Health’s plans to purchase essential commodities, strengthen laboratory capacity and further mitigate the transmission, morbidity and mortality of COVID-19.
“The United States is working in partnership with the Maldivian people to fight COVID-19,” said Debra Mosel, USAID deputy mission director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives. “These additional $ 2 million from the US rescue plan will reach the islands and atolls of the Maldives to continue to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 and build the capacity of health workers and health facilities to treat patients. “
This project will help the Ministry of Health analyze COVID-19 vaccine data for decision-making, renovate smaller island health facilities to treat patients, resolve vaccine reluctance issues among Maldivians and purchase essential products and consumables related to the management of COVID-19. The Ministry of Health will also use this assistance to improve the oxygen ecosystem, build the capacity of national laboratories, organize mental health and resilience training for health workers and support telemedicine to provide counseling. experts for the management of COVID-19 in island facilities.
Since the pandemic first erupted in March 2020, USAID has provided more than $ 7 million in COVID-19 aid, along with an in-kind donation of 60 ventilators, to the Maldives. This assistance has helped provide life-saving treatment, strengthen clinical care and mobilize essential supplies to strengthen the response and help the country recover.
These efforts build on decades of vital work and American leadership in the fight against global health crises such as Ebola, HIV / AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and now COVID-19. The United States remains committed to partnering with the Maldives 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.