KIU, Main Campus - On
20th May 2020, the UK Government announced its donation of $26 million channelled
through the African Union to fund the training of health professionals in
member states to handle pandemics, and also cushion Africa from the effects of
The deployment of
experts will be done through the Africa Centres for Disease and Control
Prevention (Africa CDC), which currently has about 800 voluntary health corps.
The donation is the
highest amount of money so far deposited into the Africa COVID-19 Fund, which
was set up in April with initial funding of $12.5 million. The fund, which
was established by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, currently the
Chairperson of the African Union had raised $38 million by the end of April.
The UK government says
the money will also be used to strengthen global tracking of the pandemic and
combat misinformation to the public; seeking to make information more
accessible, create awareness through weekly virtual meetings for African
clinicians, publish technical guidelines in AU languages and convene AU member
states to agree on a continental response to the virus.
“No one is safe until
we all are safe, and this new funding and support for African leadership will
help protect us all from further spread of the virus,” said Anne-Marie
Trevelyan, the UK International Development Secretary.
The support from the UK
comes after it had internationally pledged about $950 million to fight Coronavirus. This big boost, together with the UKAid funding of $990 million,
will help vulnerable countries in fighting the virus as well as strengthen
Africa has so far
recorded 95,482 cases, 3000 deaths, and 38,120 recoveries.
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