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The U.S. government has so far allocated more than $12 billion that will benefit the global COVID-19 response, and we continue to ensure that the substantial U.S. funding and scientific efforts on this front remain a central and coordinated part of the worldwide effort against the disease.

In response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the U.S. Department of State (DoS) and USAID continue to announce emergency funding to assist the world’s most vulnerable countries in fighting the outbreak.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the U.S. Government has committed more than $775 million in emergency health, humanitarian, economic and development assistance specifically aimed at helping governments, international organizations, and NGOs fight the pandemic. 

In response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the U.S. Department of State (DoS) and USAID announced $100 million in emergency health funding, under USAID’s Emergency Reserve Fund (ERF-USAID) on February 7, to assist the world’s most vulnerable countries in fighting the COVID-19 outbreak.

In Zambia, it is estimated that there are approximately 1.3 million orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) who are infected with, or affected by, HIV.  The USAID Zambia Family (ZAMFAM) project provides holistic, needs-based services to vulnerable children, adolescents, and their caregivers. Focusing their work in areas hardest hit by HIV/AIDS, ZAMFAM mitigates social, emotional and economic impacts of the epidemic by reducing risk and vulnerability and increasing resilience. In select districts, ZAMFAM also serves as an implementing partner under the Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS- Free, Mentored, Safe (DREAMS) project.

Through AGIS, USAID is promoting strong and sustainable oversight of public resources to advance better health and education outcomes. With a rich democratic history, Zambia is well-placed to build citizen-responsive systems of governance that advance the nation’s development priorities and reduce donor dependency. Through AGIS, USAID also works with Zambian citizens and government to combat corruption, strengthen government systems, protect human rights, and promote productive civic engagement.

The Open Doors project is focused on increasing access to, and use of, comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment services for key populations in Zambia. Globally, key populations are defined as a group who, due to specific higher-risk behaviors, are at increased risk of HIV infection. This includes female sex workers, men who have sex with men, injection-drug users, and transgender individuals.  As a direct result of their lifestyle, key populations are frequently stigmatized and criminalized, which limits their access to HIV and other health services. Across Open Doors project sites, it is estimated that there are approximately 57,268 members of these key populations alone. 

Breakthrough ACTION is a social and behavior change (SBC) project working to increase the adoption and maintenance of healthy behaviors among Zambian individuals, families, and communities. Breakthrough contributes to the broader goal of improved health and development outcomes, with a focus on behaviors related to HIV, maternal and child health, family planning, malaria, and nutrition.  In close collaboration with the Ministry of Health’s Directorate of Health Promotion, Environment, and Social Determinants, Breakthrough strengthens SBC capacity at both the national and the district level.

The political system in Zambia has real potential to hold those who wield power to account, and to promote citizen responsive governance.  USAID’S Political Participation and Leadership activity works with national democratic champions to promote an inclusive, productive political system that can advance and sustain the long-term prosperity and stability of Zambia. 

This USFS PAPA supports the Government of Zambia (GRZ) and implementing partners with technical assistance and capacity building in climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation, forestry, and natural resource management in Zambia. The USFS embeds advisors within the GRZ Forestry Department (FD) and the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) to build capacity in climate change mitigation, greenhouse gas inventory systems, and sustainable forest management.