Appeals & Response Plans
- Afghanistan: Flash Floods - Mar 2019
- Afghanistan: Drought - Apr 2018
- Afghanistan: Avalanches and Floods - Jan 2017
- Afghanistan/Pakistan: Earthquake - Oct 2015
- Afghanistan: Avalanches, Floods and Landslides - Feb 2015
- Afghanistan: Flash Floods and Landslides - Apr 2014
- Afghanistan: Flash Floods - Aug 2013
- Afghanistan: Earthquake - Apr 2013
- Afghanistan: Floods and Landslides - Feb 2013
- Afghanistan: Flash Floods - Jul 2012
Maps & Infographics
Headlines (most recent)
- OHCHR: Progress against torture in Afghan detention centres, but Government needs to do more, says UN report. 17 Apr 2019
- IFRC: Afghanistan flood survivors fear for the future. 15 Apr 2019
- The New Humanitarian: Afghanistan struggles to treat civilians maimed by conflict as casualties soar. 4 Apr 2019
- World Vision: Homes, crops and animals washed away in Afghanistan floods. 1 Apr 2019
- Afghan Red Crescent: Ten million Afghans face severe hardship after extreme weather. 28 Mar 2019
Most read reports
- OHCHR: Treatment of Conflict-Related Detainees in Afghanistan: Preventing Torture and Ill-treatment under the Anti-Torture Law. 17 Apr 2019
- IFRC: Afghanistan flood survivors fear for the future. 15 Apr 2019
- USAID: USAID and the Afghan Women’s Career Development Center Are Helping Women Find Jobs [EN/Dari/Pashto]. 21 Apr 2019
- OHCHR: Afghanistan Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict Annual Report 2018 [EN/Dari/PS]. 24 Feb 2019
- VOA: Official: Taliban, IS Deprive Afghan Kids of Polio Vaccine. 19 Apr 2019
In the provinces Kunar and Laghman HealthNet TPO is responsible for all the health care in clinics and hospitals since the beginning of 2019. Alongside this task, we will start some other activities. With the UNDP we will start distributing impregnated mosquito nets for protection. We will support vulnerable women with hardly any income with a cash support program sponsored by the Ministry of Public Health. And in Laghman we will run a community based nutrition program with support of Unicef to fight malnutrition among children.
In March 2019, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded 2,132 deaths and injuries from 263 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 72% (1,529) of the deaths and injuries recorded.
When explosive violence was used in populated areas, 93% of all casualties were civilians, compared to 16% in other areas.
Story Written By: Diana Schoberg, Rotary International
1. There were more cases of wild poliovirus in 2018 than in 2017. Should we be discouraged?
No, not at all. We’ve always expected the number of cases to fluctuate somewhat as we get closer to zero. We’ve gone four straight years with fewer than 100 cases per year. That’s an indicator of great progress. With dedication from governments and Rotarians in areas still affected by polio, we’ll get there.
2. Why is it so difficult to eradicate a disease like polio?
The International Criminal Court’s decision not to authorize an investigation into crimes committed in Afghanistan under international law marks a shocking abandonment of victims and will further weaken the court’s credibility, Amnesty International said today.
The ICC’s decision comes just days after the United States, which had already issued threats to the court, revoked the chief prosecutor’s visa because the investigation involved crimes committed by USA forces.
After a year of severe drought, flash floods have killed at least 77 people and destroyed thousands of homes in Afghanistan.
More than 42,000 people have been displaced by the floods since the start of 2019. In all, 163,000 people in 16 provinces need urgent help.
Press Freedom at Risk in Deadliest Country for Journalists
Mariam Amini Coordinator, Communications
The role Afghanistan’s vibrant media plays in public life represents one of the most significant changes that have taken place in the country since 2001. But that achievement is under threat, as journalists face growing intimidation and violence from both state and non-state actors.
Flash flooding today destroyed homes and causes further devasation in western Afghanistan, one week after tens of thousands were affected as floodwaters swept away homes and lives. The number of people impacted by today's flooding is not yet known, but early World Vision reports indicate it is worse than last week's.
lert is a quarterly magazine published by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF-USA) that features compelling stories and photography from our work in the field. Below is an excerpt from MSF-USA Board President John P. Lawrence's introduction to the Spring 2019 issue (Vol 20. No. 1.), No Health Without Mental Health.
By Dan Stewart
Heading into the villages outside Kabul, snowy mountains rise into the distance ahead. Sand-coloured walls broken up by solid metal gates line both sides of the muddy road. Homes are concealed behind them for safety. Occasionally a child’s kite can be seen flying above a perimeter – a clue to the family life inside. In this part of Afghanistan, the legacy of forty years of conflict is similarly out of sight. There are no front lines here. No craters and no destroyed buildings.
Arria-formula Meeting on Protecting Humanitarian and Medical Personnel United Nations Security Council
New York, NY, April 1, 2019 — Thank you to Ministers Le Drian and Maas for this vital and long overdue discussion.
I speak today on behalf of the 13 000 employees and 15 000 volunteers of the International Rescue Committee. They have a simple request: action not words.
April 1, HERAT – Damage caused by severe flash-flooding in Afghanistan’s western region is coming to light as aid workers reach areas largely cut off by the floodwaters.
“Parts of the region have been ravaged by severe flash-flooding causing widespread destruction affecting tens of thousands of people,” said Dwain Hindriksen, World Vision Afghanistan’s Response and Operations Director.
Nine provinces have been affected by heavy rains and flooding. More than 40 people are known to have died, and hundreds of others have been injured or are missing. Numbers are likely to change as assessments are ongoing.
Friday, March 29, Herat – Severe rain and floodwaters on Thursday night (March 29) hit western Afghanistan, with early indications that tens of thousands of people are affected.
“We’re hearing from people in Badghis that it’s the worst storm they’ve had in 20 years. These floodwaters are going to cause further devastation to families who have been barely coping with a drought for the past two years,” said World Vision’s Narges Ghafary in Herat.
20 March 2019
Widespread conflict and severe drought has forced over 150,000 people to flee villages in northwestern Afghanistan and seek shelter in the city of Herat. Their condition remains extremely fragile, as they face shortages of food and limited access to healthcare. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened a winter clinic in Herat to provide much-needed assistance to these vulnerable people.
Little Bibi Hawa is four years old. She has been suffering from pneumonia and fever for four days. Her father, Agha Muhammad, is very worried.
In February 2019, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded 1,748 deaths and injuries from 206 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 55% (962) of the deaths and injuries recorded.
When explosive violence was used in populated areas, 89% of all casualties were civilians, compared to 16% in other areas.
By Jennifer Dathan on 8 Mar 2019
On March 7th 2019, mortars were fired on a political gathering in Kabul, Afghanistan, in an attack that left 11 dead and 95 wounded.
The bombardment took place in Kabul’s western neighbourhood of Dasht-e-Barchi – an area predominantly populated by ethnic minority Hazaras – as the public gathered to remember Abdul Ali Mazari, a leader of the Hazaras, killed by the Taliban in 1995.
The basic health care and hospital care in the provinces of Kunar (pop. 482.115) and Laghman (pop. 476.537) have been awarded as of the beginning of 2019 to HealthNet TPO Afghanistan.
With all our experience and efforts we will serve the people of the provinces to improve their health. Which will contribute to their quality of life