US extends US$3,2 billion to Zimbabwe

Despite a political rift between the United States and Zimbabwe, the former remains one of the biggest providers of bilateral support to the African country.

The U.S. has extended US$3,2 billion to Zimbabwe in bilateral support since 1980, with US$370 million of that coming last year alone.

Most of this support has been going towards the health sector, as well as for ensuring food security in the country.

“In 2019, the United States Government provided US$370 million in assistance to the people of Zimbabwe, predominantly in the areas of health and food security/emergency assistance,” said the US Embassy in Zimbabwe in a statement this week.

“This includes $177.7 million in health ($150 million of which is for HIV and AIDS, under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR), $168.3 million in food security (including $101.9 million in emergency assistance, $10.6 million to families affected by Cyclone Idai, $10.4 million in other disaster assistance, and $45.4 million for longer term food security activities), and other programs valued at $24 million.

“In total, the U.S. Government has provided Zimbabwe over $3.2 billion in assistance since 1980.”

Other U.S. Government funding to the people of Zimbabwe includes support for good governance, parliamentary strengthening; cultural outreach; environment; demining; and small grants. Cultural and educational exchange programs strengthen the U.S.-Zimbabwe relationship.

The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help program benefits communities and demonstrates the U.S. Government’s commitment to the welfare and social development of Zimbabwe.

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