The ADB is providing Afghanistan a $100 million grant to support the government measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funds will be used to support and finance the healthcare system, in particular to strengthen the capacity of medical institutions and the potential of healthcare workers. The grant will be aimed at expanding the targeted social protection system, including payment of water and electricity bills for households, one-time money transfers, help for people with disabilities and families of people who died as a result of conflicts. In various sectors of the economy there will also be created jobs.
“ADB confirms its full adherence to supporting Afghanistan in its fight against COVID-19 and reducing the negative impact of the pandemic on the lives of Afghans and the economy,” said ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa.
The COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support Program will also maintain the government in conducting a nationwide public pandemic awareness campaign.