The total US assistance to help Timor-Leste fight the covid-19 pandemic19 now stands at $5 million.
The USAID Health System Sustainability activity will work with Timorese officials to train health workers in rural communities on handling different vaccines, using cold chain equipment, and ensuring that community members have equal access to covid-19 vaccines and essential health care.
USAID will also work with the Ministry of Health to track covid-19 data on the number of patients and use of services to inform future decisions on pandemic control and health care so that a crisis like this never happens again.
"The United States stands with Timor-Leste as an enduring friend and partner as we work to end covid-19,” said US Embassy Dili’s Chargé d’affaires Tom Daley in a press release on Monday.
"We are stepping up with Timor-Leste to save lives because it is the right thing to do, just as getting vaccinated is the right—and best—thing we all can do now to get out of this pandemic," Daley added.
This additional contribution builds on more than $1.6 million in USAID COVID-19 assistance to Timor-Leste since the start of the pandemic.
USAID already provided $1 million to prepare laboratory systems, track down cases through surveillance, and support technical experts for response and preparedness, and infection prevention and control.
A further $500,000 helped engage communities, communicate pandemic risks, and increase infection control and water and sanitation in health clinics in five municipalities.
With $100,000 in US funding, the USAID Reinforce activity trained health workers and donated a biosafety cabinet for the National Laboratory.