Govt signs US$770m humanitarian response plan


©️ THE government yesterday signed a US$770 million humanitarian response plan with the United Nations, with some of the funds going towards containing the spread of the lethal coronavirus in the country.

Zimbabwe has so far recorded eight cases of the pandemic, one of which resulted in the death of broadcaster Zororo Makamba last week in the capital.

Speaking after signing the agreement in Harare yesterday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the funds would also help to fight Covid 19.

“Today, I met with Maria do Valle Ribeiro, the UN Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe, to sign the $770 million humanitarian response plan for Zimbabwe. We are launching this humanitarian response plan to assist us to respond to the current pandemic in the country.

“The plan will address drought, health, education and our Covid-19 response. We are working with our friends around the world to protect our people’s health and livelihoods,” the president said.

Ribeiro said the humanitarian response plan would help disadvantaged Zimbabweans.

“The humanitarian response plan looked at assisting a target of 5,3 million Zimbabweans in health, food security, water and sanitation and education.

“We also included in the humanitarian response plan a supplement which addresses most urgent needs in terms of the coronavirus response. The total figure for the humanitarian response plan is US$700 million and the supplement relating to coronavirus is additional of US$70 million.”


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