Contributions from international and governmental businesses, individuals, and nonprofits enhanced PAHO’s response.
Washington D.C. January 12, 2020 (PAHO) – In 2020, the Pan American Health Group (PAHO) got commitments for extra than $263 million to provide technical support and supplies for the fight against COVID-19 in the Americas.
“We are grateful to all of our companions who beget made it doable for us to serve international locations in the Americas as they win on this lethal pandemic,” stated PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne. “COVID-19 is now not going to be defeated till everyone appears to be safe. Our public effectively being response to the illness must sprint away no person behind.”
The $263 million included deliver financial support to PAHO, contributions channeled via WHO to fund the response to COVID-19 in the Americas, and agreements negotiated with PAHO member states with support from a unfold of international financial institutions.
Companions that donated a combined $91 million straight to PAHO include the governments of Belize, Canada, Colombia, Japan, Korea, Fresh Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Commission. Donors also include multiple UN businesses and regional and international pattern banks, the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions, the Basis Yamuni Tabush, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, the Rockefeller Basis, and individuals who gave to the PAHO COVID-19 Response Fund.
Different companions supported PAHO by contributing $101.3 million via WHO to the fight against COVID-19 in the Americas.
Finally, PAHO’s member international locations contributed about $70.8 million to fund the public effectively being response to COVID-19 in their rep international locations. For a entire listing of contributors, gaze our donor web page.
With these contributions, PAHO technical cooperation to international locations and steal of mandatory supplies and tools, included 119 shipments of deepest protecting tools to 34 international locations, 21.4 million COVID-19 PCR tests for 36 international locations and territories, and extra than 224 trainings on testing, tracking, and affected person care. As a key factor of its technical steering to international locations, PAHO disseminated 111 guidelines and suggestions.
“These funds beget allowed us to work aspect by aspect with ministries of effectively being and other key companions to deal with this pandemic,” stated Ciro Ugarte, Director of PAHO’s Health Emergencies Division. “We’ve been ready to provide supplies and training valuable to every reducing the incidence of circumstances and treating sufferers.”
“Nonetheless there are gargantuan challenges that will require continued support,” he added. “We can need resources to support member international locations make vaccination of over 465 million of us in 39 international locations and territories in 2021. And while vaccination is rolled out, we must all the time continue our support to restrict transmission, minimize mortality, and provide mandatory effectively being companies and products.”
The Americas has been hit tough by COVID-19. All 54 international locations and territories in the Americas were impacted, and three of the ten international locations with the most COVID-19 circumstances globally are positioned in the Americas – the United States, Brazil, and Argentina. Afrodescendent and indigenous communities were in particular affected.
As of Jan. 11, 921, 256 of us had died from COVID-19 and almost 40 million had reduced in dimension the illness in the Americas.