US Provides $36.7M for COVID-19 Response in Afghanistan

The United States has allocated more than $36.7 million to help the people of Afghanistan respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and expedited $90 million in continued development assistance through the World Bank to support Afghanistan’s national health and education sectors and local government needs, the US embassy in Kabul said in a statement.

“The entirety of this US funding comes at a critical moment when Afghanistan is dealing with the effects of COVID-19. We must all work quickly to prevent the further spread of COVID-19; attend to the sick; put people back to work; and protect vulnerable women and children, who can become victims of rising domestic violence in these kinds of situations,” said Ross Wilson, US charge d’affaires in Kabul.

The statement said this funding builds on resources previously announced by US Secretary of State Pompeo for COVID-19 response in Afghanistan.

So far, the Ministry of Public Health has reported 35,988 cases of COVID-19 in the country.

24 / July 2020
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