The UK strongly supports the UN’s Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP) to tackle COVID-19. Of the £744 million of UK aid pledged to support the global effort to combat COVID-19 so far, £220 million has gone to UN agencies in the GHRP, such as the World Food Programme and UN Refugee Agency, as well as humanitarian organisations such as the Red Cross and international NGOs. DFID is also adapting its programmes across its country network to respond to COVID-19 and address the needs of the most vulnerable, as outlined in the GHRP.
Our support will help protect millions of people in the world’s poorest countries and ensure they can treat those who are infected. By taking action to support vulnerable countries’ health systems now, UK aid is reducing the risks of the virus becoming entrenched in certain areas and taking years to eradicate.