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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Afghanistan

20 Sep 2021

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At Peer Mohammad Kakar high school in Kabul, Afghanistan, four UINCEF tents have been set up to provide children with psychosocial support and recreational activities (August 2021). © UNICEF/UN0502901

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 20 September 2021

Afghanistan

The UN and partners are delivering aid to millions of people in need in Afghanistan and have reached 8 million people with different types of assistance in the first half of this year. 

Countrywide, 635,000 people have been displaced by conflict in 2021.

Joint inter-agency needs assessments are ongoing and planned for people displaced by conflict in Kabul and across the country. More than 12,000 people were recently displaced to Kabul mainly from Panjsher Province. 

In the last week, in the east, the UN High Commission for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration have distributed relief items to over 9,300 people displaced by conflict in Kunar Province.

About 1,300 displaced people in Kabul are targeted to receive humanitarian assistance shortly.

The World Food Programme will distribute four-month food rations [for the October 2021 to January 2022 lean winter months] covering hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people. Across the province of Maidan Wardak for example, 63,000 people are targeted to receive food aid.

Health care is also a priority in the humanitarian response.

A measles outbreak in Yawan and Raghistan districts of Badakhshan Province has affected at least 29 children. 

COVID testing capacity has been ramped up following the installation of a new COVID PCR [Polymerase chain reaction] machine in Nimroz provincial hospital in the south, with the support of the World Health Organization. The machine has a testing capacity of 70 – 90 tests per day.

Afghanistan’s Flash Appeal seeks just over $600 million to help 11 million people through the end of the year. It is 15 per cent funded.