Australia has decided to support Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka to fight increasing numbers of covid cases and is providing $17.5 million in funding for emergency relief with support to be delivered by trusted on-the-ground partners amid China’s move to step up its support in fighting Covid in India’s neighbourhood.
Australia will assist to procure critical supplies, including oxygen and ventilators. Australia will also support frontline health workers and help improve contact tracing, according to a Australian government statement.
In Bangladesh, Australia will provide an additional $5 million to partners, including the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society for the purchase of essential supplies, including oxygen and related equipment.
This is in addition to $5.7 million provided through BRAC, World Food Programme (WFP), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), including for equipment and training for health systems strengthening, the statement informed.