Sweden reallocates funds for Afghanistan's COVID-19 response

Sweden has recently reallocated SEK56 million (US$6 million) directly to the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan to support its public health and COVID-19 projects. Support will be focused on rural areas since the Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health and the World Bank have ceased funding for health care due to the Taliban takeover.

In addition to health care, funding will also be made available to support schools, the provision of clean drinking water, rural development, and local infrastructure improvements. The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan has been working in Afghanistan for more than 40 years.

Following the Taliban takeover, all Swedish support to the Afghan state was suspended. SEK 300 million (US$35 million) of the total SEK1.0 billion (US$115 million) annual allocation has been reallocated to humanitarian emergency operations. In total, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency's (Sida) support for the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan will amount to SEK253 million (US$29 million) in 2021, of which SEK197 million (US$23 million) has already been disbursed.

Press release – Sida (in Swedish)