The United States and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have provided nearly $4.4 million in health assistance to Bangladesh to slow the spread of Covid-19, the Department of State said on Thursday.
The amount is being used to help Bangladesh hinder the spread of the disease by providing care for the affected, disseminating essential public health messages to communities, and strengthen case-finding and surveillance, reads a state department press release.
The assistance is also being used to mobilise innovative financing mechanisms for emergency preparedness and response to this pandemic, the statement adds.
"This builds on a foundation of nearly $4 billion in total assistance, which includes more than $1 billion in health assistance the United States has provided to Bangladesh over the last 20 years," it said in an update of US efforts to the pandemic.
The state department and USAID have now committed nearly $5.2 million in migration and refugee assistance humanitarian assistance to support refugees and their host communities in Bangladesh during the pandemic.
This is on top of the funding the US has already provided to multilateral and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that are helping communities around the world deal with the pandemic.