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USAID to provide $26m to boost disease prevention

UNB . Dhaka
30 Apr 2024 16:41:01 | Update: 30 Apr 2024 17:05:13
USAID to provide $26m to boost disease prevention

The US Embassy Dhaka's United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is launching its new "One Health" project to improve infectious disease prevention and control in Bangladesh.

Working with the US Congress, USAID will provide up to $26 million over five years and work closely with relevant ministries in Bangladesh to coordinate prevention, detection, and response to infectious diseases among humans and animals, and mitigate other pandemic threats more effectively.

The relevant ministries are Ministries of Health and Family Welfare, Fisheries and Livestock and Environment, Forest, and Climate Change.

"We are pleased to continue our partnership with Bangladesh to protect people from infectious diseases like avian flu or other animal-borne illnesses, and ultimately improve human, animal, and environmental health as a whole," said USAID Mission Director Reed Aeschliman on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, Bangladesh was named as one of 50 partner countries under the US government's new Global Health Security Strategy 2024.

The USAID One Health Project will develop the One Health workforce at national and local levels to improve disease detection, surveillance, and strengthen laboratory systems to improve diagnostic capacity.

The project will also support local institutions to mitigate the effects of resistance to antibiotics among humans and animals, and establish early warning systems that enable multiple government ministries to track outbreaks and work together more efficiently for a coordinated response.

The USAID One Health Project is implemented by Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI) in partnership with a consortium from the Centre for Natural Resource Studies, Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network, and mPower Social Enterprises.