Today, on 23 November, the United States through its Agency for International Development (USAID) delivered 131 tons of food aid worth 410 thousand dollars to Uzbekistan. The shipment consists of a mixture of nutritious vegetables and legumes and is distributed to health and social protection institutions and families in need. The US embassy in Uzbekistan informed KALAMPIR.UZ about this.
“Together we are celebrating the 13th stage of distribution of food aid to the needy across the country. This food supply will strengthen the existing system of social protection of the population in need of social protection in Uzbekistan. It covers more than 35,000 people in about 100 health and social protection institutions,” said Mikaela Meredith, director of USAID’s mission in Uzbekistan, in her speech.
This aid will be distributed to 98 health and social protection institutions and 35,000 of the country’s most needy citizens, in particular, patients suffering from drug-resistant tuberculosis, long-term care facilities, orphanages and care for the elderly and disabled children.
Since 2010, 1,425 tons of food aid worth more than 4 million dollars have been delivered to Uzbekistan within the framework of USAID’s international cooperation program for providing food aid. These food products, given as free aid, are distributed by the American non-profit organization “Resource and Policy Exchange” in cooperation with the international charitable foundation “For a Healthy Generation”.
This recent humanitarian aid to Uzbekistan is a continuation of the long-term US investment of more than 122 million US dollars in the health sector, and the total value of aid provided over the past 20 years has exceeded 1 billion US dollars.
USAID is working with the government of Uzbekistan to diversify the country’s economy and increase regional trade, address serious health threats, including COVID-19, and increase the government’s capacity to meet the needs of the population.