UK announces £4.3m for Pakistan to fight coronavirus


ISLAMABAD: The United Kingdom has announced assistance worth 4.39 million pounds for Pakistan to stop the spread of coronavirus and mitigate its impact, by providing aid to the most vulnerable and boosting wider public health communications, the British High Commission in Islamabad announced on Friday.

UK Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth Lord Ahmad said that, “by supporting the poorest and most vulnerable people, especially those facing discrimination and by spreading information on how to protect against coronavirus, we can save lives”.

Lord Tariq Ahmad

The UK is proud to support Pakistan and through its investment in vaccine research and the Global Vaccine Alliance, it will help end this pandemic soon and prevent future waves of infection, he said. “The UK stands with you in these difficult times.”

The British High Commissioner to Pakistan Dr Christian Turner CMG, said the UK was providing further assistance to Pakistan in the fight to stop the spread of the coronavirus. This latest package of support included being the first donor to contribute to Pakistan Humanitarian Pooled Fund (PHPF), UK aid support for PHPF would help provide comprehensive support to fight the coronavirus and help those impacted indirectly by the crisis.

This included supporting emergency response systems and providing assistance towards food security, sanitation and hygiene, mental health and psychological support.

Dr Christian Turner said, Pakistan has shown international leadership in its response, balancing the need to keep healthy, with growing the economy and protecting the poorest. Friends must stand together at difficult times. Although we are socially distancing, we are not apart.

Head of Office for the UKs Department for International Development in Pakistan, Annabel Gerry, said, It is increasingly important that we work together to help those who are the most vulnerable. This is why I am proud that UK aid will be there for the women and children who face increased threats of violence and stigma in their own home and need access to these support services.