The Swedish Government has recently announced that it is advanced stages to release a SEK 400 million fund aimed to improve the health sector in Zambia.
The announcement was done by the Charge d’Affaires of the Swedish Embassy in Lusaka David Wiking on a courtesy call to Acting President Ms. Inonge Wina on 26th August, 2015.
During the phone call, Mr. Wiking emphasized the cooperation between both countries in several fronts but mostly in the health care sector, where his country expects to address the amount stipulated.
The initiative which is part of the Development Cooperation between Sweden and Zambia Program launched in 2013, is being implemented by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and is plan to last until the end of 2017 and comprising a fund up to SEK 1.75 billion.
SIDA acts on behalf of the Swedish Parliament and Government to reduce poverty and improve living conditions in 33 countries around the world.
Solely in Zambia, it registers a total of 91 aid programs totaling SEK 432.6 million as of 2014, up from SEK 158.41 million in 2000 according to Open Aid’s website.
Health care sector accounted for approximately SEK 80 million in 2014 and is the fourth one in terms of aid received with Governance, Democracy, Human Rights and Gender Equality heading the list with a total investment of SEK 116.1 million the same period.