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16 Aug 2018 description
report Concern Worldwide

Concern’s commitment to leaving no one behind has increasingly taken the organisation to fragile contexts, where the devastating consequences of conflict and resulting levels of human suffering have soared in recent years.

30 Jul 2018 description

A drought-affected mother in Afghanistan

Maryam's story

After two years of failed rains, a desperate 19-year-old Maryam, her husband, their two children and her mother-in-law moved from Ghormach, in Badghis Province, north-west Afghanistan, to Herat City, some 200 km away. The family arrived with two blankets, which they sold to buy food.

26 Jul 2018 description
report Oxfam

Executive Summary

Oxfam conducted a Humanitarian Needs Assessment in Khadeer district of Daykundi province.
The assessment applied quantitative method of data collection from the communities with 226 respondents were interviewed out of which 53.5% were male and 46.5% were female respondents.
It is worth of mentioning that all data has been collected from rural areas, while majority of interviewed households were permanent resident of Khadeer district with 100% living in rural areas.

26 Jul 2018 description
report Oxfam

Executive Summary

Oxfam through its partner ADA conducted a Humanitarian Needs Assessment in Ashtarlay district of Daykundi province. The assessment applied quantitative method of data collection from ten drought affected communities. Totally, 342 individuals were interviewed out of which 48.5% were male and 51.5% were female, while 79.5% of interviewed households head were male and 20.5% were female.

24 Jul 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The number of drought-affected families who moved to Hirat City has reached a total of 7,400.

  • Humanitarian needs in rural areas are high and families need assistance to help them stay close to their homes and fields.

  • The ongoing drought will have repercussions that will be felt years to come and humanitarian and development action need to go hand in hand.

  • Attacks on health facilities and health workers have become more deliberate and violent this year.

24 Jul 2018 description

Afghanistan has one of the highest rates of mortality among children under 5 years old in the world, with thousands of children dying every year. Malnutrition remains a major underlying cause behind child mortality and morbidity in many of Afghanistan's provinces. Almost half of all under-5 deaths are attributable to undernutrition, while more than 80% of neonatal deaths occur among newborn infants with low birth weights in the highest burden settings - strongly linked to very poor nutrition status of pregnant and lactating women.

23 Jul 2018 description

NEEDS

Ongoing conflict and natural disaster were the key drivers of humanitarian needs during the reporting period (01 April – 30 June 2018).

19 Jul 2018 description

SITUATION UPDATE

  • Health Cluster partners are responding to a drought in the northern region. Up to 2,2 million people may be affected by food insecurity.

  • UNAMA released their latest update on civilian casualties covering the first half of 2018. A total 5,122 casualties (1,692 deaths and 3,430 injured) were reported between 1 January and 30 June, and the figures remain at record high.

18 Jul 2018 description

Today I announce that the Australian Government will provide humanitarian assistance to support people affected by food shortage throughout Afghanistan.

The United Nations has revised its Humanitarian Response Plan to call for urgent funding to provide emergency food, nutrition and water to over 1.4 million people who will need these supplies over the coming months.

12 Jul 2018 description

Overview

The Early Warning Early Action initiative has been developed with the understanding that disaster losses and emergency response costs can be drastically reduced by using early warning analysis to act before a crisis escalates into an emergency.
Early actions strengthen the resilience of at-risk populations, mitigate the impact of disasters and help communities, governments and national and international humanitarian agencies to respond more effectively and efficiently.

José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General

12 Jul 2018 description
report European Union

The common analysis and guidance note on Afghanistan are the result of a pilot process for the development of country guidance.

This pilot process was completed successfully with the endorsement of the guidance note by the EASO Management Board during its 28th meeting in June 2018. In addition to providing guidance on one of the main countries of origin for applicants for international protection in the EU, this pilot served as a basis for consolidating the methodology for development of country guidance, and as a model for future notes.

09 Jul 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nearly 380,000 undocumented Afghans return from Iran and Pakistan

  • Drought conditions in Badghis, Ghor, and Herat affected more than 22,400 people from January to mid-June

  • USG provides more than $76 million in FY 2018 assistance to respond to acute needs across Afghanistan

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

08 Jul 2018 description

NGOs call for comprehensive response to Drought in Afghanistan:

4th July 2018, Kabul, Afghanistan

Afghanistan remains one of the worst funded of the large crises around the world. Millions of people are in need of humanitarian assistance, mostly due to conflict, rapid-onset natural disasters and situations of protracted displacement. So far this year only 29% of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) is funded; but on top of the initial response plan, a drought is further escalating needs.

30 Jun 2018 description

Operational Updates

  • UN OCHA released the revised Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), which considers the ongoing drought. Humanitarian needs have increased to 5.5 million people. The revised HRP appeals to donors for a further USD 84 million for food assistance to drought-affected people.

  • The Central Statistics Organization is leading a post-harvest emergency food security assessment with support from WFP, FAO and the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster. This will provide the basis for the full drought response.

25 Jun 2018 description
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Key issues in the past week:

  • More than 500 people migrated to Qala-e-Naw City from within Badghis due to the drought.

  • Floods in Bamyan and Daykundi reportedly damaged fields of more than 1,400 families.

  • In the past week, nearly 12,000 Afghan citizens returned from Pakistan and Iran to Afghanistan.

  • Fighting in Faryab Province closed the road connecting Khwajasabzposh with Maimana City.

Countrywide conflict displacement

22 Jun 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) was revised to include response to the drought and now calls for $547 million.

  • In May, flash floods and flooding affected more than 46,000 people across the country.

  • In provinces like Kandahar, Helmand, Wardak, Paktika, Zabul or Uruzgan up to 85 per cent of all girls are not going to school.

  • In 2018, more than 320,000 Afghan citizens have returned from Iran, many of them deported by authorities.

20 Jun 2018 description

Key updates, May 2018

  • Due to the upcoming elections, 5 health facilities are used as polling centres, which will negatively affect the provision of services.

  • In May, 10 attacks on health care were reported. These included closure of 6 health facilities, 3 incidents of looting of equipment and supplies, one health worker killed and one more detained by AGEs.

  • Health Cluster partners are responding to a drought that affects the northern region. Up to 2.2 million people may be affected by food insecurity.

19 Jun 2018 description
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Key issues in the past week:

  • Since January, more than 130,000 people have been displaced by conflict across the country.

  • 36 patients with Crimean–Congo Haemorrhagic Fever have been hospitalised in Hirat City.

  • In Nuristan, armed men set fire to a hospital and detained medical staff for one night.

  • In Daychopan, Zabul, all three health facilities remained closed for the third week in a row.

Countrywide conflict displacement

12 Jun 2018 description

I. Introduction

  1. The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 68/11 and Security Council resolution 2405 (2018), in which the Secretary-General was requested to report every three months on developments in Afghanistan.

  2. The report provides an update on the activities of the United Nations in Afghanistan, including political, humanitarian, development and human rights efforts, since the issuance of the previous report, on 27 February 2018 (A/72/768–S/2018/165).

12 Jun 2018 description
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Key issues in the past week:

• Conflict forced 8,600 people from their homes across the country, according to initial reports.

• More than 9,500 people returned Afghanistan from abroad during the past week.

• 244 survivors of Gender Based Violence were assisted by Cluster-partners.

• More than 40,000 people received aid across the country from some 20 humanitarian partners.

Countrywide conflict displacement