May 19, 2020: The U.S. Embassy in Mauritius through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing $500,000 (R20,000,000) to support Mauritius’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Embassy and USAID have chosen the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and Red Crescent Societies to implement this COVID-19 assistance in Mauritius. The U.S. Government has worked with the IFRC around the world for decades and it is a trusted and capable partner.
U.S. Ambassador to Mauritius David Reimer said, “This support underscores the strong and ongoing partnership between the United States and the people of Mauritius.”
The U.S. Government is leading the world’s humanitarian and health response to the COVID-19 pandemic even while battling the virus at home. As part of this comprehensive and generous response from the American people the U.S. Government has committed $900 million in foreign assistance to date. This funding will improve public health education, protect healthcare facilities, and increase laboratory, disease-surveillance, and rapid-response capacity in an effort to help contain the outbreak.