US, UK join AfDB provide financial support to Zambia

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The United States of America and the United Kingdom have joined the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank (WB) in providing financial support to Zambia in her fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Minister of Finance Bwalya Ng’andu said under the financial support , the United States Government has approved a grant of 270 million kwacha towards the fight against covid-19 in Zambia.

He said the funding is an addition to the technical support that the United States Centre for Disease Control (US-CDC) is providing to the Ministry of Health and the Zambia National Public Health Institute.

The US technical support will involve preparedness and response training, assistance on emergency operations, laboratory operations and screening, and training of field epidemiologists.

Ng’andu also disclosed that the United Kingdom has promised support towards upscaling social cash transfer under its 705 million kwacha social cash transfer grant assistance.

The United Kingdom has further pledged to frontload its support in view of the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure that the vulnerable are cushioned.

According to the minister, the World Bank has made available 1.05 billion kwacha under its Rapid Response Facility adding that in addition, the Zambian Government has applied for a further 20 million U.S dollars under the Banks Covid-19 Fast Track Facility.

The AfDB has committed 697.5 million kwacha to Covid-19 as part of the Bank Groups’ Covid-19 Rapid Response Facility.

The funds will cater for the purchase of medical equipment, screening of patients, rehabilitation of quarantine facilities and community sensitisation.

In addition, the AfDB will provide support to high density areas through the provision of hand sanitisers, soap, water bowsers, hand washing facilities and supply of clean and safe water to fight Covi-19.

The AfDB will augment these resources with the Fifteenth Africa Development Fund [ADF-15] Programme resources and the unutilised component of the Fifteenth Africa Development Fund [ADF-15] Programme.

Meanwhile, Ng’andu has expressed gratitude for the financial support from the for cooperating partners.

Ng’andu promised that the government’s commitment to ensuring that the resources are used prudently, and said that accountability will exist in their use.

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