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US grants UNICEF, Ministries of Education and Health US $300,000 for COVID-19 prevention response

Posted: Thursday, August 6, 2020. 5:57 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The U.S. Government and Agency for International Development (USAID) today delivered US $300,000 (BZ $600,000) in grants to the Belize office of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to assist Belize’s COVID-19 response and prevention activities.

The funds address risk communication and community engagement; improving infection prevention and control, including with water, sanitation and hygiene services; providing critical hygiene supplies; and data collection and analysis for COVID-19 prevention and response.

At the moment, UNICEF, according to its Belize Country Director Michel Guinand, will assist with developing more communication tools for spreading awareness of COVID-19, equipping schools when they reopen with necessary sanitation supplies and so on.

Charge d’ affaires Keith Gilges told us USAID sought out the relevant Ministries for their needs and recruited UNICEF as a trusted ally.

It is part of Washington’s continued support for Belmopan during this difficult time.

We’ll have more from Belmopan later on.


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