Brazilian municipalities receive from FONPLATA US$450 thousand through non-reimbursable funds to address the COVID-19 emergency
The Development Bank has granted new non-reimbursable cooperation of US$ 150 thousand to the cities of Joinville and Vila Velha for the adjustment of health units, and the purchase of protective supplies for health personnel and rapid tests to detect the new virus. This is one of the lines of support made available to member countries in the face of the pandemic, which already provided similar disbursements to the Brazilian municipalities of Itajaí, Corumbá, Ponta Porã and Criciúma.
For this new operation, two additional non-reimbursable operations were approved for Brazil, totaling US$ 150 thousand, to be directly executed by the government of each requesting municipality to support programs to prevent the spreading of the COVID-19.
Thus, in the state of Santa Catarina, the municipality of Joinville receives US$ 100 thousand for the purchase of rapid tests to detect the virus that causes the COVID-19. Whereas, in the state of Espírito Santo, the city of Vila Velha receives US$ 50 thousand for an infrastructure and logistics program that aims at expanding care and alleviating the situation in municipal hospitals in order to avoid the collapse of the public health system.
With this new funding, FONPLATA has granted US$ 450 thousand through non-reimbursable technical cooperation to benefit the population of six Brazilian municipalities. In May, non-reimbursable funds were granted with the same purpose to the cities of Itajaí (US$ 100 thousand), Corumbá (US$ 50 thousand), Ponta Porã (US$ 50 thousand), and Criciúma (US$ 100 thousand).
Technical cooperation is based on a special fund approved by FONPLATA’s Executive Board of Directors to help member countries finance eligible activities to address the most urgent needs.
In the face of the health emergency, FONPLATA made financial support available to all its member countries, through different special lines of approval and disbursement to reinforce and support the actions already being carried out by the countries to address the socioeconomic effects of coronavirus in the region.