The US Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie S. Sullivan, has penned an article underscoring the strong partnership between her nation and Ghana in the fight against Covid-19.
She states that the help of the US in the fight against the deadly virus, not only in Ghana but also globally, is “much more than money and supplies”.
“It’s the experts we have deployed worldwide, and those now conducting tutorials via teleconference. I am pleased that members from my embassy team – from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Naval Medical Research Unit Three (NAMRU-3), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and others – are working closely with the government of Ghana on how best to combat this pandemic. It’s the doctors and public-health professionals around the world who have been trained thanks to U.S. funding and educational institutions.”
Find below the full article:
America’s partnership in Ghana and around the world against COVID-19
By: Stephanie S. Sullivan, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana
The story of U.S. leadership in the global battle against COVID-19 is a story of days, months, and decades. Every day, the United States provides U.S. technical assistance to hospitals and labs around the world. These efforts, in turn, build on a decades-long foundation of American expertise, generosity, and planning that is unmatched in history.
The United States provides aid for altruistic reasons, because we believe it’s the right thing to do. We also do it because pandemics don’t respect national borders. If we can help countries contain outbreaks, we’ll save lives abroad and at home in the United States.
That generosity and pragmatism explain why the United States was one of the first countries to help the Chinese people as soon as reports emerged from Wuhan of another outbreak. In early January, the U.S. government offered immediate technical assistance to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
In the first week of February, the United States transported nearly 18 tons of medical supplies to Wuhan provided by Samaritan’s Purse, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and others. We also pledged $100 million in assistance to countries to fight what would become a pandemic – including an offer to China, which was declined.
Our response now far surpasses that initial pledge. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the U.S. government has committed nearly $500 million in assistance. This funding will improve public health education, protect healthcare facilities, and increase laboratory, disease-surveillance, and rapid-response capacity in more than 60 of the world’s most at risk countries– all in an effort to help contain the outbreak.