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USAID supports Nigeria with $243m to improve healthcare

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UNITED State Agency for International Development(USAID) has donated  $243 million additional assistance to  Nigeria to improve healthcare delivery and reach it’s development goals.

The fund will cover  activities for malaria control,  maternal and child health support. family planning, eradication of tuberculosis, and nutrition initiatives to be carried out with a sum of $165 million.

Statement from the US Embassy, Abuja disclosed that another $25m would be spent on strengthening basic literacy and education in the north, while $22 million will help drive inclusive and sustainable agriculture-led economic growth.

It added that the  USAID’s programmes would also  focus on broad-based economic growth, resilience, and the development of safe water supply and sanitation services in urban areas.

According to the statement,  a sum of  $21million will be dedicated to activities aimed at strengthening political competition and consensus-building, promoting good governance and for efforts to strengthen civil society organizations.

\  “This assistance is a continuation of the United States’ commitment to support the development goals outlined in the Development Objective Assistance Agreement signed with the Government of Nigeria in 2015, ” the statement read.

USAID Mission Director, Stephen Haykin, said the contribution underscored the continued importance of the relationship between Nigeria and the United States.

“Our strong partnership with Nigeria, its institutions and its people will help their efforts to improve health, education, agriculture and governance systems where they are needed most throughout the country,” he said.

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