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Pan American Health Organization raises US$263 million in 2020 to fight COVID-19 in the Americas 

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Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2021. 1:34 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is thanking its supporters for raising US$263 million for the fight against COVID-19 in 2020.

 “We are grateful to all of our partners who have made it possible for us to assist countries in the Americas as they take on this deadly pandemic,” said PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne. “COVID-19 will not be defeated until everyone is safe. Our public health response to the disease must leave no one behind.”

Belize is among the countries that donated a combined US$91 million directly to PAHO, along with other United Nations agencies, regional and international development banks, the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions, the Foundation Yamuni Tabush, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, the Rockefeller Foundation, and individuals who gave to the PAHO COVID-19 Response Fund.

The rest of the money came from country support (US$70.8 million) and support through the WHO (US$101.3 million).

PAHO used the money to fund technical cooperation to countries and purchases of essential supplies and equipment and training, as well as production of guidelines and recommendations to its member countries including Belize.

Said Ciro Ugarte, Director of PAHO’s Health Emergencies Department, “We’ve been able to provide supplies and training critical to both reducing the incidence of cases and treating patients. But there are enormous challenges that will require continued support…We will need resources to help member countries carry out vaccination of over 465 million people in 39 countries and territories in 2021. And while vaccination is rolled out, we must continue our support to limit transmission, reduce mortality, and provide essential health services.” 

As of January 11, 921,256 people had died from COVID-19 and nearly 40 million had contracted the disease in the Americas.

 

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