The European Union has announced 117 million euros (128 million US dollars) for Afghanistan to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
EU in a statement said that Afghanistan may be “severely” affected by the pandemic as its public health system is “weakened by years of conflict and has to cope with limited resources, and is not accessible throughout the country.
TheEU response, amounting to 117 million euros, is directed to tackling the pandemic and addressing its health and socio-economic impacts. This includes 50 million euros in additional fundingto strengthen Afghanistan’s health system.
This will help making human and material resources, such as testing and treatment equipment, available for a specific response to the COVID-19 crisis while allowing for the continuation of ongoing key basic services such as maternal and child care, the statement added.