U.S. provides Kazakhstan with additional financial assistance to combat COVID-19
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) committed an additional US$500,000 (or 210 million Tenge) to Kazakhstan to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, the United States financial aid package to Kazakhstan to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country exceeds US$3.79 million (or 1.5 billion Tenge). The additional funding will be given to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Kazakhstan. These funds will be used to improve risk communication, as well as strengthen infection prevention and control efforts.
The USAID through the UNICEF will provide support to the most vulnerable groups and communities of the Kazakh population. In addition, in partnership with the Kazakh Red Crescent Society, the UNICEF intends to engage with risk groups to prevent the spread of misinformation by providing the best practices and skills in the prevention of COVID-19 infection.
The U.S. provided Kazakhstan with more than US$2 billion (or 843 billion Tenge) in funds within the last 20 years, including more than US$86 million (or 36.2 billion Tenge) for medical assistance to expand access to services that prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV.