Afghanistan: UN and humanitarian partners continue to assist in the COVID-19 response
TitleAfghanistan: UN and humanitarian partners continue to assist in the COVID-19 response
A transit centre in Afghanistan set up by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) helps families returning from Iran following the COVID-19 outbreak. Credit: OCHA Afghanistan
The United Nations and humanitarian organizations continue to support the Government-led COVID-19 response in Afghanistan.
As of 4 June, the Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health confirmed 18,054 cases of the virus, including 300 deaths.
The UN and humanitarian partners have helped establish 10 testing laboratories; trained more than 3,200 health-care workers in infection prevention and control; reached more than 1 million vulnerable people with hygiene kits and hygiene promotion; and provided almost 4 million people with bars of soap.
They have also reached out to about 900,000 people with COVID-19 awareness and prevention measures, and provided approximately 74,000 people with psychosocial support services to cope with the mental health-related consequences of the disease. In addition, nearly 11,000 children have received home-based learning materials.
These COVID-19 activities are taking place while aid agencies continue to deliver life-saving assistance, including food aid, to millions of people in Afghanistan in response to ongoing conflict and natural disasters.
The UN and humanitarian partners are revising the 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan, integrating COVID-19 needs. The number of people in humanitarian need is now estimated to be 14 million, up from 9.4 million at the start of the year.