Saxony’s aid package to contain the corona pandemic in developing countries has been exhausted. According to the State Chancellery, this Friday, twelve projects in ten countries are supported up to 200,000 euros. “Our aim was to use the special program to show our solidarity with the poorest countries in the world and to provide support against the spread of Covid-19,” State Chancellor Oliver Schenk (CDU) said. Thanks to the commitment of non-governmental organizations based in Saxony and their local partners, it was possible to quickly support a considerable number of projects.
The projects concern, among others, the construction of toilets in a primary school in Iringa (Tanzania). Inadequate sanitation facilities are the main source of infection, he said. The 400 students will now have adequate toilets and will be able to wash their hands in the washing stations. Another project is being funded in the Salima region of Malawi. Among other things, protective equipment and a ventilator will be purchased there. In Adjumani (Uganda), the focus is on purchasing protective equipment and sanitation facilities. Many refugees from South Sudan live there.
Saxony has been supporting development policy initiatives since 2017. In 2019, 550,000 euros were available for this, and 700,000 euros had been budgeted for 2020. With the special Corona program, it is now 900,000 euros.