THE UK government has pledged £544 million to support vaccine and treatment research in a bid to protect fragile economies to slow the spread of COVID-19.
In Zimbabwe, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) is supporting partners UNICEF, WHO, UNDP and WFP with £35.4 million (US$43.6 million).
The funds are aimed toward providing medical supplies, infection prevention and control, broadcast messaging, child support, psycho-social support for front-line workers, WASH facilities and humanitarian aid to help mitigate the crisis on the poorest and most vulnerable across the country.
Head of DFID Zimbabwe, Cate Turton said UK aid is working with its partners to support the COVID-19 response in Zimbabwe.
“Our priority is to reach the most vulnerable communities and those most in need and to also reduce the risk and impact of COVID19,” Turton said.
“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.”
Through it’s humanitarian programme DFID currently supports 570,000 beneficiaries throughout Zimbabwe, providing emergency humanitarian aid and cash transfers vulnerable communities.
All UK aid is distributed through trusted partners.
The UK said it continues to monitor the situation very closely and stands ready to provide further support if needed.