ADDIS ABABA – The Ethiopia Diaspora Trust Fund (EDTF) has established an ‘Emergency COVID-19 Mitigation’ Fund committing a million US dollars start-up fund to assist Ethiopia’s COVID-19 response.
The East African nation so far has 56 cases of COVID-19 infection and reported 2 deaths and 4 recoveries from the virus.
“Ethiopia and indeed the human race today faces an existential threat as COVID-19 continues to spread like wildfire to all corners of the globe,” said Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam, EDTF Advisory Council Chairman.
“There is no more critical and urgent health care need facing all Ethiopians today than the prevention, treatment, and mitigation of COVID-19,” he added.
EDTF’s council said its commitment is targeted to addressing the specific needs for medical supplies identified by the Ethiopian government.
“EDTF Emergency COVID-19 support will be guided primarily by the priority items identified by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health” and COVID-19 ministerial committee, explained Dr. Bisrat Aklilu, EDTF Advisory Council Treasurer.
“EDTF will provide periodic reports on funding allocations and expenditures consistent with its commitment to maximum transparency and accountability,” Dr. Bisrat added.
EDTF has also urged the Diaspora community to support its effort through its website, which now has a separate window for COVID-19 donations.
The EDTF COVID-19 effort in Ethiopia will be coordinated by EDTF Board Chairman Zafu Eyesuswork and Vice-Chairperson Dr. Mehret Mandefro, and the EDTF Secretariat.