Afghanistan faces collapse of health services and massive famine – Afghanistan

Kuala Lumpur / Kabul / Geneva, September 30 – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warns that Afghanistan faces imminent collapse of health services and widespread famine if aid and money do not flow in not in the country for a few weeks.

Acute food shortages fueled by severe drought, lack of cash and displacement, the COVID-19 pandemic and crippled health services have converged on the Afghan people, with some 18 million Afghans in urgent need of help. humanitarian aid.

Speaking from Kabul where he made a four-day official visit, Alexander Matheou, Director of IFRC Asia-Pacific said:

“After experiencing decades of flight and fighting, Afghans are now facing a severe drought that has devastated food production, leaving millions of people hungry and destitute.

“We are deeply concerned that Afghanistan faces an imminent collapse of health services and worsening hunger if aid and money do not flow into the country within weeks. Health funding has been cut across the country, placing increasing demands on Red Crescent teams.

“Urgent international action is needed to come to the aid of millions of people with basic necessities as the looming severe winter in Afghanistan threatens greater hardship and hardship.

The Afghan Red Crescent is supporting some of the hardest-hit provinces, including providing relief to families suffering from food shortages and loss of income. The Red Crescent has provided families who lost their livelihoods due to the drought with cash grants to buy food, plant drought-tolerant food crops and protect their livestock. Health clinics, including mobile teams of doctors and nurses, provide intensive care across Afghanistan.

As part of this continued support, the IFRC urgently appeals to the international community for more than 36 million Swiss francs to help the Afghan Red Crescent provide emergency relief and recovery assistance to 560,000 people in the 16 provinces most affected by severe drought and displacement.

“The Afghan Red Crescent has a long history of helping people living in areas that other agencies cannot reach. Red Crescent teams are strengthening essential maternal and child health care, food aid and other emergency relief, but much more support is needed. “

“The IFRC appeal funds will be used to contribute to sustainable water supply, establishment of more drought-tolerant crops and revitalization of livestock, while supporting the generation of essential income for them. people most at risk of poverty, including women and the elderly. “

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:

In Kuala Lumpur: Antony Balmain, +60 12 230 8451, [email protected]

In Geneva : Nathalie Perroud, +41 79 538 14 71, [email protected]

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