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USAID to give $8 million to support global health security in PH

WASHINGTON—The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will give an additional $8 million, pending congressional notification, to support global health security in the Philippines, the White House said.

According to a fact sheet, the amount will be used to invest in the Philippines' biosafety and laboratory capacity, disease surveillance, risk communication, and emergency preparedness.

"In addition, USAID will partner with the Philippine Department of Health to address the double burden of non-communicable diseases and tuberculosis," the fact sheet read.

"This partnership will ensure all Filipinos have access to quality treatment. USAID will also expand support to the Philippines National Tuberculosis Reference Lab, introducing the use of the Targeted Next-Generation Sequencing technology to address drug-resistant strains," it added. —NB, GMA Integrated News