World Bank approves $ 97.5 million for Afghanistan to fight COVID-19 and droughts

The World Bank approved a grant of $ 97.5 million for war-torn Afghanistan to combat the impact of the pandemic in
Covid-19 and droughts, the entity reported today.

The grant approved by the World Bank’s International Development Association is intended to provide regular and predictable cash support to Afghans affected by droughts and the Coronavirus, as well as improving food and nutritional security, according to the statement.

According to the information, the grant will also help build early warning and response systems to droughts in the country.

« This new financial assistance will help the Government of Afghanistan reduce the impacts of the droughts that have displaced millions of Afghans and pushed them into poverty. The project’s support to rural Afghan households will contribute to overall poverty reduction and economic recovery, « said the World Bank’s director for Afghanistan, Henry Kerali.

Afghanistan reported its first case of Covid-19 in February of last year. Data from the Ministry of Public Health released on Thursday reported 55,557 confirmed cases of the disease and 2,430 deaths in the Asian country.

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