By Staff Reporter
THE United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided approximately US$1,5 million to CARE International in Zimbabwe to support early recovery for 47 000 people suffering from the effects of COVID-19 in urban areas of Masvingo and Manicaland provinces.
This financial assistance from USAID allows CARE Zimbabwe to support health care, water, sanitation, and hygiene.
The beneficiaries will also receive monthly cash assistance to enable the vulnerable people to meet their basic daily food needs for the next three months while recovering their livelihoods.
CARE Zimbabwe’s work aims to address the immediate humanitarian needs caused by the devastating Covid-19 pandemic in Zaka, Chivi, Mutare, and Buhera districts.
Patrick Sikana, CARE Zimbabwe Country Director says: “We are pleased to have received this funding, which will help to meet the increasing needs of the urban population in Zimbabwe.
“A large number of people have been failing to meet their basic needs and recover their livelihoods due to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.”
He added: CARE Zimbabwe is already working day-to-day to strengthen health care systems and improve food security. Through hygiene promotion, improved awareness of the pandemic, and cash assistance, economic activities can be safely resumed to kick-start the road to recovery for vulnerable people.”
As communities in Zimbabwe continue to experience the pandemic’s far-reaching impacts, CARE Zimbabwe is working with the government to provide life-saving assistance, including Covid-19 vaccination support and strengthening hygiene measures to safeguard health and drive recovery in both rural and urban areas.
CARE Zimbabwe’s investment in adaptation and strengthening of community resilience is also helping to protect livelihood gains and combat climate change.