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UNPFA pledges $82m in aid to Afghanistan

UNPFA pledges $82m in aid to Afghanistan

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Feb 08, 2015 - 20:36

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The UN Population Fund (UNPFA) on Sunday pledged $82 million in grant to Afghanistaninfo-icon for projects concerning public healthinfo-icon, mother-child maternity, family-planning and youth.

To the effect, a cooperation agreement was signed between Afghan acting Economy Minister Hukm Khan Habibi and UNFPA country representative in Afghanistan Dr. Annette Robbertson in Kabul.

After signing the agreement, Habibi said the money would be spent over the next five years on extending healthcare services to far-flung areas and other projects through the ministries of public health, womeninfo-icon’s affairs, information and culture and the Central Statistics Organisation.

Dr. Robbertson said the assistance was in line with the current needs and priorities of Afghans. “We feel pride for extending our cooperation to the Afghan government in providing healthcare services to mothers and children.”

UNFPA, she said, had been working with Afghans in areas of health, youth, statistics and victims of sexual violence since 1976.

Sher Mohammad Jami Zada, acting director of the Central Statistics Department, said his department would carry out surveys regarding pregnancies and the situation of youth in the country.

The deputy information and culture minister also welcomed the assistance and hoped for a positive change in youths’ lives over the next five years.

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