The United States has agreed to offer an additional USD 2 million in immediate assistance to Maldives through USAID to help the country’s COVID-19 response operations.
According to a statement issued by USAID, the funding would be utilized by the health ministry to purchase necessary commodities, increase laboratory capacity, and reduce COVID-19 transmission, morbidity, and death.
In addition, the funding will be used to assist research on COVID-19 vaccination data, upgrade health facilities on small islands to treat patients, and address vaccine reluctance among Maldivians.
The grant will also be utilised to improve the oxygen ecosystem, undertake mental health and resilience training for healthcare staff, and support telemedicine for expert consultations on COVID-19 management at island facilities.
Debra Mosel, USAID’s Deputy Mission Director for the Maldives and Sri Lanka, stated that the financial aid will assist to reduce the effects of COVID-19 and increase the ability of healthcare staff and facilities to serve patients in the Maldives.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, USAID has provided Maldives with over USD 7 million in COVID-19 support, including the supply of 60 ventilators and COVID-19 vaccinations via the COVAX facility.