Tuesday, 9 June 2020, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany: In the fight against the corona pandemic, North Rhine-Westphalia is supporting its African partner country Ghana as well as the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and North Macedonia with humanitarian emergency aid amounting to a good 290,000 euros. The funds are to be used primarily for the urgently needed supply of hygiene items and basic sanitary infrastructure.
Minister for European Affairs Dr. Stephan Holthoff-Pförtner: “We stand by our partners and friends in Ghana, Jordan and Northern Macedonia and support the people who are particularly endangered by COVID-19 in this emergency. International solidarity and cohesion fight the virus.”
Around 150,000 euros of the emergency aid will go to Ghana. There, health stations and small outpatient clinics in the less developed regions are to be supplied with mobile washing stations, hygiene articles, face masks and protective clothing. In addition, raw materials are needed to be able to produce disinfectants on site.
In Agbogbloshie, one of the largest electrical waste dumps in the world, and the adjacent informal settlement near the Ghanaian capital Accra, North Rhine-Westphalia is already committed to better working and health conditions within the framework of development cooperation. Corona’s emergency aid will provide mobile washing facilities, a temporary water supply and additional permanently installed toilets and washing facilities.
Since 2007, North Rhine-Westphalia has had a partnership with Ghana that is based on close relations in administration, business and civil society. In Jordan, the State Chancellery has been funding projects to combat the causes of flight since 2016/2017.
The Jordanian refugee camp Azraq is currently receiving increasing numbers of Syrian refugees who are either returning to the camp due to the deteriorating economic situation in the Jordanian cities or are arriving directly from Syria. The emergency aid from North Rhine-Westphalia amounting to around 110,00 Euro is intended to provide the people in the camp with hygiene kits (soap, towel, disinfectant, etc.) and to carry out information measures to educate them about COVID 19 prevention.
In North Macedonia, the work of the Red Cross is promoted, which organises the procurement and distribution of food and hygiene articles to vulnerable population groups. North Rhine-Westphalia is making 30,000 euros available for this purpose, thereby setting an example of European solidarity that goes beyond the area of the current EU.