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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Afghanistan - Madagascar 

18 Nov 2021

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Two young men collect water from a 18-metre well in the Grand Sud of Madagascar. © OCHA/Viviane Rakotoarivony

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 18 November 2021

Afghanistan

Aid operations continue across Afghanistan, with new needs being identified in ongoing inter-agency assessments.

On 16 November, an inter-agency mission in Kandahar assessed the capacity and needs of a UN-supported health facility. The facility has recorded a significant increase in patients over the last three months because of a lack of access to basic health services in other districts. Increases in cases of severe acute malnutrition among children under age 5 were also noted.

The mission also visited a UN-supported reception centre for returnees providing cross-border return and reintegration services, including basic health services. Reportedly, more than 3,000 people have returned from Iran to Afghanistan since the border reopened in November.

In Hirat Province, some laboratory services have been halted for the last three weeks due to the non-payment of staff salaries. The UN and partners are reviewing the situation.

Yesterday [17 November], an inter-agency mission to Taloqan in Takhar Province conducted assessments to help vulnerable households. Takhar Province has seen an increase in the number of people requiring assistance, including due to drought.

Meanwhile, the use of unexploded ordnance (UXOs) across Afghanistan remains a major safety risk. On 15 and 16 November, two UXOs and one improvised explosive device detonated on several civilians, including three children, who were injured, in Tirinkot city, Uruzgan Province.

Thanks to generous contributions from donors and Member States, the Flash Appeal for Afghanistan, which seeks US$606 million for the last four months of 2021, is 87 per cent funded ($530 million).
 

Madagascar 

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Madagascar, Issa Sanogo, today called on the international community to urgently increase its support to people facing severe hunger in the Grand Sud region of the country, as the Government and humanitarian partners launched a revised Flash Appeal.

The climate crisis is having a devastating impact on people’s lives in southern Madagascar. 

Humanitarian Coordinator Sanogo said that in recent visits to the Grand Sud he had seen families eating cactus or locusts to survive the worst drought the region has faced in more than 40 years.  

Consecutive droughts combined with sandstorms and pests have made it nearly impossible for people in southern Madagascar to grow their own food for at least three years now.  

The UN and partners in Madagascar estimate that 1.3 million people are facing severe hunger and 28,000 people are in famine-like conditions. 

Without urgent action, thousands of lives will be at risk.

Humanitarian organizations in Madagascar have significantly expanded their operations in 2021 and provided life-saving assistance to over 900,000 people. But the crisis continues and more has to be done. 

While donors have generously contributed nearly $120 million out of the $231 million required under the revised Flash Appeal, additional funding is immediately required to enable humanitarian organizations to provide food, water, health services, and life-saving nutrition treatment for people desperately in need.