Aid for Afghanistan

The Taliban takeover led to mass displacements within Afghanistan, a country where the reality on the ground was precarious to begin with. Images of Afghans rushing to Kabul airport have been seen the world over and the country-wide humanitarian crisis has the entire international community worried.

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A critical humanitarian situation

The Taliban takeover led to mass displacements within Afghanistan, a country where the reality on the ground was precarious to begin with. Images of Afghans rushing to Kabul airport have been seen the world over and the country-wide humanitarian crisis has the entire international community worried. The number of people requiring humanitarian assistance is skyrocketing—half the country is already in need. The Covid-19 pandemic, deepening conflicts, severe drought and the internal displacement of more than 400,000 people are causing a steep rise in humanitarian needs in the region. Our partner organisations on the ground are waiting patiently and remaining cautious as the situation develops, their aim being to adopt the most effective approach to assisting the people of Afghanistan.

One million francs in funding

for our network of partners

on the ground

Given the gravity of the situation, we have allocated CHF 1 million from our permanent emergency fund to provide our partner organisations with support as expeditiously as possible. Our support for the organisations already on the ground is vital, enabling them to bolster their programmes and limit the looming humanitarian disaster. We have two partners in Kabul and Kandahar: Terre des hommes and Medair. In addition, we support other partners and their own networks—MSF and Helvetas, as well as the ICRC.

 

 

Food aid, basic necessities and medical assistance 

Our partners are focusing on delivering food aid and basic necessities. Currently, some 9.1 million people are already facing a severe food shortage. As the country’s governments and infrastructures collapsed, cash became inaccessible and basic necessities scarce, making these types of aid a priority.

Last but by no means least, access to healthcare across the country has become severely limited. An estimated 33% of the population, some 14.5 million people, are in need of medical care, so it has become vital that medical institutions be in a position to increase capacity.

 

 

 

Support for Afghan refugees

In addition to the country’s surging humanitarian needs, population groups under the greatest threat from the new regime, educated women in particular, are expected to seek new routes by which to flee. Swiss Solidarity will support humanitarian projects in countries bordering Afghanistan, such as Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Pakistan, once refugees begin arriving there.

Your donation

With the majority of Afghans already overwhelmed by this desperate situation, your donation will allow us to mount a humanitarian response on par with the scale of the crisis, not only in Afghanistan but in neighbouring countries as well.

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