The Canadian government has announced that it will increase its aid to one of Afghanistan’s provinces by $42 million. The funds, which will be used to support health services and community development in Kandahar, are a boost to the $200 million package that Canada has already allotted last February for Afghanistan. According to a statement issued by Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the package was intended to support the region’s rural development and the salaries of teachers and health workers. The latest $42 milion contribution, on the other hand, is supposed to “build on previous successes by supporting projects aiming to enhance health services and communities in Kandahar, one of the provinces in greatest need of our assistance,” said Canadian development minister Beverly Oda.
Source: Canada boosts aid to Afghan province (AFP)