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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Afghanistan 

23 Aug 2021


An OCHA staff member speaks with displaced women in the eastern province of Nangahar in Afghanistan. © OCHA/Charlotte Cans

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 23 August 2021


In Afghanistan, the humanitarian community continues to deliver aid in line with humanitarian principles. 

Response is ongoing in the north, south, west and other areas across the country, including the provision of medicine and health services in fixed facilities and mobile clinics. 

In the past week, the World Health Organization has distributed trauma and medical kits to hospitals in Kabul, Kunduz and Hilmand from existing supplies to support health services for tens of thousands of people in need. But supplies are dwindling and need to be replenished.

Food aid was provided to 80,000 people in the past week and 600 metric tons of World Food Programme food commodities came across international land borders. Food was also provided to 21,000 drought-affected people in the north.

The UN is clear: women must be able to work in order for Afghanistan to function, for their survival and so that they can provide for their families.

Women are vital in delivering essential and humanitarian services – including health and education.

The UN reminds all parties that the delivery of humanitarian assistance requires unimpeded access for both male and female aid workers to assess, deliver and monitor assistance.

The future of Afghanistan relies on creating an inclusive and enabling environment where all people, including women and girls, can thrive through their full, equal and meaningful participation.

Humanitarians are adapting operations to reach almost 16 million people in need in 2021 across Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan, which requires $1.3 billion to help more than 18 million people, is 39 per cent funded, leaving a deficit of $786 million, with more than half the year over.