US grants UNICEF $2 million to fight COVID-19 in Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The United States Agency for International Development Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (USAID) will provide UNICEF with US$2 million in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Libya, the UN agency said.

According to UNICEF, the multi-sectoral programme will contribute to controlling the further spread of COVID-19 by reducing human-to-human transmission and mitigating collateral impact and risks to the continuity of basic services for vulnerable girls and boys and their families.

“The United States is committed to supporting the people of Libya, who have been left extremely vulnerable to this virus by years of conflict,” said U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in Libya Joshua Harris. “We are partnering with UNICEF to provide life-saving support to prevent and respond to the spread of COVID-19 in Libya’s most vulnerable communities.”

“Through this pivotal partnership with USAID, UNICEF will be able to scale-up its response to the pandemic in Libya – a country that has been severly affected by the humanitarian crisis as a result of armed conflict” said Abdel-Rahman Ghandour, UNICEF Special Representative to Libya. “We are grateful to the People of the United States for their concerete early action in solidarity with the Libyan people and its children, who have been suffering for so much and so long, even before COVID-19 hit Libya ” he added.