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We have some good news! The Australian Government has announced it will provide $7 million to support Nepal’s COVID-19 response.

INF Australia welcomes the news that Australia will provide an additional AUD $7 million (NPR 635 million) in funding to Nepal to support the response to COVID-19. This funding is part of a AUD $17.5 million package to support Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, to strengthen the resilience of the South Asian region.

Australia’s contribution will boost Nepal’s ability to address COVID-19, including through the procurement of essential equipment and health supplies, such as oxygen for provincial hospitals and personal protective equipment for health workers.

Australia’s Ambassador to Nepal, Her Excellency Felicity Volk said Australia is working to support the most heavily impacted communities in Nepal.

“Australia and Nepal have a long-standing friendship and a history of supporting each other during times of crisis. Australia is deeply concerned about the devastating impact that COVID-19 is having across Nepal and the region. With this assistance, we will partner with the Government of Nepal to respond to urgent health needs, including providing support to regional hospitals and vulnerable communities.”

While this contribution from the Australian Government welcomed, the need in Nepal is exponentially greater. There are still 117,077 active cases, hospitals are still overflowing and far less than 10% of Nepal’s population have received even a first vaccination dose.

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