UN appeals for US$84,9m for Zim

THE United Nations and humanitarian partners yesterday launched an appeal for US$84,9 million to respond to both immediate public health crisis and secondary impacts of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on vulnerable people in Zimbabwe.

Noting that the request was in addition to the US$715 million appeal for the 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) launched on April 2, the UN Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe Maria Ribeiro said: “This additional appeal is part of the Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP) which will contribute to Zimbabwe’s national response on Covid-19, particularly addressing the most vulnerable, including children, the elderly, women, people with disabilities, people living with HIV, refugees, migrants, and those affected by drought and food insecurity.”

The Covid-19 addendum to the HRP seeks to mobilise emergency funding for UN agencies and NGOs to provide support to public health emergency response to contain the spread of the Covid-19, through health programming, risk communication and community engagement, infection control and prevention and provision of water supply and increased hygiene and sanitation intervention.

Expressing her appreciation for the strong partnership with government, donors, development and humanitarian partners, Ribeiro called on all humanitarian and development partners to redouble efforts to ensure timely and adequate response to mitigate the socio-economic challenges, drought and Covid-19 crisis in Zimbabwe.

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