By Robert Tapfumaneyi
THE Department for International Development (DFID) is supporting several donor partners with US$43.6 million through the provision of medical supplies, infection prevention and control.
The deserving donors are World Health Organisation (WHO), World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF and UNDP.
The funds will also be extended to support broadcast messaging, child support, psycho-social support for front-line workers, WASH facilities and humanitarian aid to help mitigate the COVID-19 crisis among the poorest and most vulnerable members of society across the country.
“We are working with our partners to rapidly reorganise and scale-up our UK aid programmes to support the COVID-19 response in Zimbabwe and urge others to do as well,” Cate Turton Head of DFID Zimbabwe said in a statement.
“Our priority is to reach the most vulnerable communities and those most in need and to also reduce the risk and impact of COVID-19.
“I’d like to say a huge thanks to our partners and especially front-line humanitarian workers who continue to deliver despite facing many challenges. We urge all actors to abide by the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence.
“We are monitoring the situation closely and urgently looking at what further support we could provide through our partners on the ground.
“Through our humanitarian programme, UK-AID is currently supporting 570 000 beneficiaries throughout Zimbabwe and said it will continue to provide emergency humanitarian aid and cash transfers to the poorest and most vulnerable communities.”