German humanitarian aid in context of COVID-19
Islamabad: While in Germany cautious hope is growing that the curve of COVID-19 infections is gradually flattening, other countries like Pakistan are still facing rising numbers of cases. As the virus knows no borders, global solidarity is required which implies working on joint solutions as well as strengthening multilateralism. Germany is therefore offering humanitarian assistance to countries like Pakistan, both on a multilateral and bilateral level.
Hence, the German Federal Foreign Office is providing 300 million euros for COVID-19related humanitarian assistance worldwide. Germany is thus making a substantial contribution in response to the global humanitarian appeals from the United Nations and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. These funds will contribute to global relief measures in countries already facing a humanitarian crisis. Additionally, Germany as part of Team Europe has pledged 525 million euros for the Global Response Initiative to fight COVID-19.
Most of Germany’s COVID-19-related financial support is realized through multilateral institutions like the World Bank or Asian Development Bank. However, in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis funds for bilateral projects in Pakistan have been partially reallocated – especially in the field of humanitarian aid. Thus, the German government financially supports humanitarian organizations like Malteser International or the German Red Cross which is closely cooperating with the Pakistan Red Crescent Society to provide the Pakistani people with access to emergency food assistance, hygiene knowledge and material as well as preventive health care services, particularly in Sindh. Moreover, the German Embassy is supporting Pakistani organizations to offer food rations and hygiene kits to vulnerable parts of the Pakistani population as well as education about physical and mental health.
Ambassador Bernhard Schlagheck underlined:
“These days the world is united in the face of the necessity to put a halt to the spread of COVID-19. Only in a spirit of solidarity and cooperation will we be able to address this common challenge. Many Pakistani families are hit hard by the loss of loved ones due to the pandemic. My sincere condolences are with all of them. The joint fight against the novel virus and its socio-economic consequences is yet another – a new – facet of the many-sided trustful cooperation between Germany and Pakistan. Let us try together to overcome economic hardships and bring relief to the vulnerable. With German financial support in the framework of multilateral organizations as well as bilateral support to fight COVID-19 in Pakistan, Germany would like to underline that it stands side by side with the Pakistani people in these trying times.”