EU pledges €2 million to help South Sudan combat COVID-19

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November 7, 2020 (Thessherald)–On Friday, the European Union office announced the provision of humanitarian aid worth two million euros to help South Sudan fight COVID-19.

“South Sudan will receive €2 million to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline health workers engaged in the COVID-19 response,” the European Union announced on Friday.

The pledge is part of the EU’s €17.2 million humanitarian assistance released through the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) aimed at supporting COVID-19 preparedness in Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan.

Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen said the additional funds will be directed towards supporting vulnerable people and strengthening health systems in the three countries.

“These additional €17.2 million will support in particular internally displaced persons, refugees, and their host communities in Somalia. They will help provide protective equipment for frontline health workers in South Sudan and strengthen the Sudanese health system,” said Urpilainen.

She noted that the EU will work together with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the World Health Organisation in delivering the new assistance.

Of the three countries, Sudan is the hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, having reported 13,943 infections and 837 deaths. Somalia has recorded 4,229 cases and 107 deaths while South Sudan has registered 2,943 cases and 59 fatalities.

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