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COVID-19 Response

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COVID Response
USAID Pakistan

USAID works with the Government of Pakistan and development partners to address the primary and secondary challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.


USAID and the Government of Pakistan work together to address the wide range of challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.  This partnership includes strengthening the country’s health services, improving access to virtual education, training small and medium enterprises to operate online, and supporting communities affected by the social and economic effects of the pandemic.


  • Provided 200 ventilators and trained more than 600 health workers in 64 Pakistani hospitals.
  • Strengthened provincial-level disease surveillance and response teams in all 155 districts.
  • To mitigate the impact of children not going to school, we developed instructional materials in multiple languages reaching more than five million students through SMS and social media platforms, and more than eight million students through radio programming. 
  • Facilitated loans to private schools from micro-lenders and commercial banks to keep schools open and teaching students.
  • Utilized radio programming and social media to disseminate information on how to prevent the spread of the disease. 


In early March 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic first reached Pakistan, USAID and the Government of Pakistan immediately began developing response activities to counter the outbreak.  For example, USAID supported reconfiguring “HealthAlert,” a phone app, to report new cases of COVID-19 in rural areas to help monitor cases.  In addition, USAID and the Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority delivered 200 U.S.-made respiratory ventilators to hospitals across the country and trained more than 600 health care professionals to ensure quality patient care. 


Responding to COVID-19 in communities that lack cohesion and tolerance creates challenges, but also creates opportunities to draw people together against the disease.  USAID, together with local government groups, designed and implemented activities to engage youth, religious leadership, and diverse community leaders by promoting messages of peace and tolerance through radio, social media, and television.  USAID also provided technical assistance to develop COVID-19 and social distancing-related procedures for the upcoming local elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab provinces


In early March 2020, USAID partnered with the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (GoKP) to support public health messaging through the creation of more than 70 social media materials, posters, videos, radio, and other media products on COVID-19 to reduce the spread of the disease and provide accurate information to the community.  The videos, in Pashto and Urdu languages, were aired on national and regional television channels and social media platforms, which enabled the provincial government to continue operating virtually during the pandemic.


Throughout Pakistan, micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) struggled to continue operating virtually during the pandemic.  To address this challenge, USAID launched an extensive online training program on utilizing digital and social media marketing and advertising to help the MSMEs.  USAID also partnered with global private sector players such as Foodpanda, which helped more than 90 women-owned, home-based food businesses use their platform to remain operational during the pandemic.  These efforts were critical to keep Pakistani businesses running and reduce unemployment.


With in-person meetings canceled due to COVID-19, USAID developed a network so students, educators and government officials could stay in contact and share information about COVID-19 prevention and support one another.  The group used diverse messaging and group communication platforms, as well as direct phone calls to reach those without smartphone access or reliable internet connections.  The activity reached more than 3,000 community leaders and spread across 10 districts in Sindh province.

Last updated: June 29, 2022

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