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15 Sep 2017 description

Blood transfusions help save thousands of lives every year in Afghanistan. Given the intensifying conflict in many parts of the country, more people than ever rely on the availability of safe blood transfusion services. With the support of the EU's European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (ECHO), the World Health Organization supports Afghanistan’s blood banks to ensure safe and efficient services.

23 Aug 2017 description

Facts & Figures

  • All EU Member States have ratified the four Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols.

  • 196 states, including all UN Member States, have ratified the 4th Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilians in Time of War, which equals universal acceptance.

18 Aug 2017 description

Attacks on health facilities and on health workers, as well as intimidation constitute a major limitation to access to health care in Afghanistan.

In the last two weeks health workers have been abducted from a clinic in Badghis and another clinic was set ablaze in Farah province.

In the years 2015 and 2016, 240 attacks on health facilities have been reported.

Since the beginning of 2017, 24 health facilities have been destroyed or damaged either deliberately or as collateral damage.

20 Jul 2017 description

With support from the European Commission, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is running safe spaces for refugee women and girls in Greece. Nazia and Rolian met some months ago in the Eleonas refugee camp near Athens, where their families are neighbours. The two girls attend the space to socialise, learn and practice their favourite hobby: dancing.

18 Jul 2017 description
  • Heavy rain has been affecting Afghanistan over the past few days, causing flash floods.

  • According to local media, as of 18 July at 7.00 UTC, at least 16 people have been killed, 19 people have been injured and up to 250 houses have been destroyed in the districts of Nusay, Shekay and Kuf Ab districts (province of Badakhshan).

  • Over the next 24 hours, light to locally moderate rain may affect the areas already affected by the floods.

23 Jun 2017 description

Helmand province, in southern Afghanistan, has long been among the country’s provinces most badly affected by violence. War-related injuries are a daily occurrence here, but access to medical services is challenging, as the conflict has left the healthcare system in tatters. Determined to support the critical need for specialised trauma care services in the area, the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) has been funding a 90-bed surgical centre run by the NGO Emergency which, with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), saves lives on a daily basis.

23 Jun 2017 description

A suicide bombing has killed 34 and injured 60 people who were queuing at the New Kabul Bank branch in Lashkar Gah city, Helmand province. Most of the injured were referred to the DG ECHO financed EMERGENCY trauma hospital: ten of them are in need of complex surgery. The blast damaged some of the windows of the hospital but did not cause injuries inside the compound. Lashkar Gah city is the only place in Helmand province that is controlled by the government.

20 Jun 2017 description

Key messages:

  • Each year millions of people are forced to leave their homes and seek refuge from conflicts, violence, human rights violations, persecution or natural disasters. The number of forcibly displaced people (refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people) has continued to rise in 2016, calling for increased humanitarian assistance worldwide. The majority of today's refugees live in the developing world, which means that they flee to countries already struggling with poverty and hardship.

16 Jun 2017 description

Youngsters at refugee camps in northern Greece have had their first ever dental appointments, thanks to Doctors of the World’s Mobile Dentistry Unit funded by the European Commission. Led by dentist Sofia Kouva, the three-person team has been at refugee camps in Ioannina and Thessaloniki, teaching youngsters how to care for their teeth, parents how to help, and of course giving their teeth a polish and shine as well.

31 May 2017 description

Tehran, Iran, 31 May2017- A €1,050,000 contribution from the European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) has been allocated to support UNICEF’s work for Afghan Refugee Children in the Islamic Republic of Iran in partnership with the government.

29 May 2017 description

The European Commission has announced humanitarian assistance of over €44 million to help people in need in South-West and Central Asia, who continue to face the consequences of years of conflicts and displacement, as well as recurrent natural disasters.

The funding will support Afghan refugees and their families in Iran and Pakistan, help victims of conflict in Afghanistan and improve disaster risk management in Central Asia.

31 Mar 2017 description
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Executive Summary

The European Union, FAO and WFP have joined forces with FEWS NET, UNICEF and regional organisations like CILSS, IGAD and SICA to coordinate needs assessment to increase the impact of humanitarian and resilience responses through the preparation of the “Global Report on Food Crises”. This Global Report aims to enhance coordination and decision making through a neutral analysis that informs programming and implementation.

24 Mar 2017 description

Key messages

  • After over three decades of protracted displacement, Iran remains host to almost 1 million documented and over 2 million undocumented Afghans (source: UNHCR, BAFIA). Many face constraints and limitations with regard to livelihoods, health, access to education and other essential services.

10 Mar 2017 description

By Mitra Jalali, former Community Engagement Officer/Protection Focal Point, Oxfam in Greece

In response to the heavy winter conditions in Epirus, Greece, Oxfam, with funding from the EU, helped move over 300 people from inadequate sites to dignified accommodation, including hotels, with the support of the Greek Government and the funding of the European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations. Sadia was among them.

02 Mar 2017 description

Key messages

The European Union's current humanitarian actions in Pakistan focus on several separate but interrelated crises:

  • Support for people affected by the conflict in the northwest, where more than 420 000 people are presently displaced. The on-going complex emergency remains underfunded with little media attention and is classified by the European Commission as a Forgotten Crisis.

08 Feb 2017 description
  • Severe weather, including heavy rain and snowfalls, has been affecting the central and northeastern provinces of the country over the past few days, causing snow avalanches.

  • National authorities reported, as of 7 February 7.00 UTC, that the death toll following the snow avalanches on 5-6 February has reached at least 100 people. In addition, 27 people were injured and over 240 houses were damaged in the provinces of Badakhshan, Nuristan, Laghman, Nangarhar, Paktya, Parwan, Bamyan and Dykundi. Search and rescue operations are still ongoing.

06 Feb 2017 description


• Severe weather, including heavy rain and snowfalls, has been affecting the central and northeastern provinces of Afghanistan and the northern provinces of Pakistan, causing casualties and damages.

• As of 6 February, national authorities reported at least 85 people dead, of which 70 in Afghanistan and 15 in Pakistan, over 245 houses destroyed in Afghanistan and at least 72 houses damaged throughout the affected areas. Traffic disruptions have also been reported.