U.S. Government Delivers Donation to 12 Municipalities for the Prevention of COVID-19

U.S. Government Delivers Donation to 12 Municipalities for the Prevention of COVID-19

July 2, 2020

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), delivered, between Tuesday and today, a $300,000 donation of supplies, equipment and tools to 12 municipalities to support COVID-19 prevention efforts  and the provision of essential public services.

The 12 municipalities are Armenia, Cojutepeque, Guazapa, Olocuilta, Panchimalco, San Miguel, San Pedro Perulapán, San Salvador, Santo Tomás, Sonsonate, Zaragoza, and Zacatecoluca. With this donation, these municipalities will be able to improve their operational and response capacity in five strategic areas: municipal markets, solid waste collection, cemeteries, supplies for the prevention of COVID-19 contagion at the Mayor’s Office, and communication campaigns to raise public awareness on basic prevention and self-care measures, including messages on health, social distancing, public management, and citizen services.

This donation of over 10,000 products includes pressure washers, motor pumps, water tanks, hoses, boots and waterproof suits, portable sinks and garbage cans, ammonia, alcohol gel, and canopies.  Part of this equipment is for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, such as cemeteries, streets, markets and municipal offices. Depending on the priorities identified by the municipalities, each will receive cleaning and disinfection kits, tools, and protective supplies for municipal personnel and self-employed vendors, particularly in San Miguel and San Salvador.  Support will also be provided for public service announcements to raise COVID-19 awareness. 

U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Ronald Johnson said, “Over the past few months, municipalities have been on the front line, taking various actions to prevent their population from falling ill with COVID-19.  Also, they have relentlessly maintained services to communities and have worked to protect the most vulnerable people from the impacts of Tropical Storm Amanda.  Now and always, count on the United States as a reliable partner.” 

The municipalities that received the donations are participating in activities under the USAID Municipal Governance Project to provide better public services, increase opportunities for social development, and help reduce illegal immigration.

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