The U.S. is ready to provide assistance to Zimbabwe to strengthen the health and infrastructure sectors of the African nation, The Zimbabwe Times reports. U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe Charles Ray handed over some 50,000 personal protective clothing kits for influenza preparedness from the U.S. Agency for International Development to the World Health Organization and Ministry of Health.
USAID, meanwhile, will continue to focus on improving HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care in Zimbabwe over the next five years, according to USAID country director Karen Freeman. This will include programs on male circumcision, behavioral change counseling, prevention of mother-to-child HIV/AIDS transmission, and care of orphans and vulnerable children.
“Our plans are moving beyond the crisis management required in the past few years to providing assistance to the Government of Zimbabwe in its efforts to rebuild infrastructure and restore basic services,” Freeman said.