S. Korea Donates 2mln Masks to African Countries through AU

ADDIS ABABA – South Korea has handed over 2 million masks Addis Ababa-based Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) on Friday.

Africa CDC will distribute the masks to 28 Sub-Saharan countries that have requested assistance for the fight against COVID-19 to the Republic of Korea, its embassy in Addis Ababa said.

Noting that strengthening the capacity of the Africa CDC is important in responding to the pandemic crisis in the African continent, the embassy said the Korean government has designated the Africa CDC as the priority partner in health cooperation.

It has provided a total of 9 million US dollars worth in-kind and financial assistance so far. The 9 million worth assistance includes donation of masks (2 million USD) and a 5 mln USD support Africa CDC comprehensive emergency response program, among others.

The Korean government also shared experiences in dealing with the COVID19 by holding teleconference between Korea CDC and Africa CDC on 26 May, coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Korean government is currently assisting 42 countries at bilateral requests with grants of 26 million US dollars and it will continue extending support to help the region tackle COVID-19 and to strengthen the health system.