Sweden has reallocated a total of SEK100 million (US$11 million) from its humanitarian reserve toward mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in low-income countries.
Of this funding, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has allocated SEK30 million (US$3 million) to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), including for maintaining health care and access to clean water and hygiene in refugee camps; providing protective equipment for health care professionals and caring for the ill; granting cash support; and making temporary housing available to infected refugees.
In order to mitigate the consequences of the pandemic for children, Sida has also allocated SEK40 million (US$4 million) to the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF. Support will be focused primarily on strengthening risk communication, providing access to clean water and hygiene, strengthening access to education and social protection for families, and providing protective equipment for health professionals.
Sweden has also allocated SEK30 million (US$3 million) to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for supporting hospitals and health care facilities with adequate equipment and providing access to clean water, hygiene, and sanitation; psycho-social support for people already traumatized by violence and conflict; and information and training to stop the spread of infection.
Press release – Sida (in Swedish)