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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Afghanistan

22 Oct 2021

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The World Food Programme reached 4 million people across Afghanistan with life-saving food and nutrition assistance. © WFP Asia Pacific

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 22 October 2021

Afghanistan

OCHA reports that between 1 September and 15 October, the UN and non-governmental partners in Afghanistan have provided 4 million people with food assistance; reached 790,000 people with primary health care; provided treatment for acute malnutrition to more than 85,000 children under age 5; supported more than 27,000 people with psychosocial support services; assisted 165,000 drought-affected people with water trucking; reached more than 39,000 children with community-based education activities; and supported nearly 54,000 people with standard non-food items assistance. 

Most of that assistance has been carried out with existing funding. Humanitarians continue to urge for pledges to be rapidly translated into commitments in order to fund immediate response and preparedness activities.

The humanitarian community in Afghanistan remains concerned about “conditional humanitarianism” – or attempts to leverage humanitarian assistance for political purposes. Humanitarian action should never be conditioned to political, development, human rights or other non-humanitarian objectives. Donors are urged to ensure that transactions and other activities required for humanitarian operations are excluded from the scope of sanctions regimes to allow humanitarian activities to continue without impediment.

The Flash Appeal for Afghanistan, which targets 11 million people with assistance through the end of 2021, is only 45 per cent funded.