The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided USD 1 million to UNICEF in Bosnia and Herzegovina to help the country respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and protect its citizens.
This funding is an additional commitment from the USAID to UNICEF BiH for emergency response efforts during the crisis. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the USAID provided closed to USD 500.000 to UNICEF in assistance specifically aimed at fighting the pandemic.
The U.S. Ambassador to BiH, Eric Nelson, stated that he is pleased that the United States continues to support Bosnia and Herzegovina in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This support, in partnership with UNICEF, will fund the medical and lab work that is so crucial to the response. It will also support communication efforts, which are essential to ensuring that the public knows its responsibilities in preventing spread of the virus,” Nelson added.
UNICEF will use the additional funds to help BiH prepare laboratory systems, support technical experts for response and preparedness, and strengthen prevention and response activities in BiH communities at highest risk.