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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Afghanistan

07 Sep 2021


Internally displaced people in Herat, Afghanistan. © OCHA/Linda Tom

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 7 September 2021


The Flash Appeal for Afghanistan has now been posted online. 

It is consolidated by OCHA on behalf of the Humanitarian Country Team to address the immediate response gaps in Afghanistan. 

The appeal is a prioritization of unmet needs in the annual Humanitarian Response Plan launched earlier this year, plus new emerging needs, as they are currently understood. 

We seek US$606 million to assist nearly 11 million people in the four remaining months of 2021. This includes 2 million people not previously covered in the Humanitarian Response Plan. 

$413 million of the ask is already costed – but unfunded – in the annual response plan, while $193 million is for new emerging needs and changes in operating costs.

The appeal will deliver critical food and livelihood assistance to nearly 11 million people; essential health services to 3.4 million people; treatment for acute malnutrition for more than 1 million children and women; water, sanitation and hygiene interventions for 2.5 million people; and protection, including for children and survivors of gender-based violence, for 1.5 million people.

There are also projects addressing children’s emergency education as well as shelter and other non-food assistance.

Humanitarian organizations have decades of experience in delivering relief in Afghanistan. This year alone, 8 million people have received assistance.

Basic services in Afghanistan are collapsing and food and other life-saving aid is about to run out. The UN Secretary-General has warned of a looming humanitarian catastrophe. 

The Secretary-General will host a high-level ministerial meeting on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan next Monday, 13 September, in Geneva. The UN urges international donors to support this appeal fast and generously.