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U.S. commits $1.4 million to the Dominican Republic in humanitarian assistance to combat COVID-19
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April 17, 2020

Santo Domingo D.N. –  The United States Government has committed $1.4 million to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Dominican Republic.   The funding will support epidemiological analysis and forecasting, identification and follow-up of contact tracing, as well as pandemic surveillance.

This emergency humanitarian assistance will strengthen health care systems, protect the most vulnerable, and support the Dominican Republic’s efforts to combat the pandemic. Assistance for the Dominican Republic comes from funds from the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The United States, via USAID, is providing life-saving support by coordinating with the Government of the Dominican Republic, international humanitarian partners, and other stakeholders to identify priority areas for investment.

“We are pleased that our assistance will be able to support the Dominican Republic during this pandemic,” said Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Shane Myers.  “We continue to be a strong partner of the Dominican Republic, especially in the area of health. The funding is aimed at stopping transmission of the coronavirus by strengthening health care systems, preparing laboratories and training medical workers.  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, via agencies like USAID and the CDC, have invested for years in the capacity-building, materials, and training of the health sector in order to be better prepared to combat pandemics.”

The United States and the Dominican Republic have a long history of cooperation and investment in health and development issues. The United States has invested in the Dominican Republic’s long-term health and development through more than $1 billion in total U.S. assistance over the past 20 years, which includes nearly $298 million in health assistance.  This recent contribution of $ 1.4 million is a comprehensive response from the people of the United States to reinforce the work of the Dominican Republic against COVID-19.

This information is available from the press office of the United States Department of State.