Afghanistan Humanitarian Response: Wash Cluster Updates Cluster Achievements - May 2018

Key Figures (May) 2018)

Annual Target (HRP)

750,000

Total People Reached (May 2018)

84,976

Total People Reached (Year 2018)

457,034

No of Partners Responded

19

Highlights:

Response: With support from CHF Afghanistan, World Vision is implementing an integrated WASH Response for IDPs and vulnerable host communities in Qala-l-New, Qadis and Ab Kamari districts of Badghis province. In May, total 20 handpumps were rehabilitated benefitting a total of 210 IDPs and 3370 host community members. In addition, 25 WASH Committees are formed and trained on water, sanitation and hygiene related issues during emergencies. Hygiene Promotion sessions being conducted in 25 different locations to reach out 13,200 IDPs and 42,000 vulnerable host communities.

Challenges/Issues: Afghanistan is facing a long dry spell which is affecting both farming, fodder for animal and drinking water. The initial report from government partners suggest that as much as 30% water sources are dried in provinces like Nimroz, Jawjzan and Badgish. As many as 21 provinces are affected, some more severely than others. WASH cluster is closely monitoring the situation and working to provide both short and longer term solution to the crisis.

Needs assessments: The 18 worst affected provinces were identified based on those experiencing the lowest rainfall between late 2017 early 2018. WASH Cluster together with PRRDs/MRRD and several NGO partners have identified the WASH needs of additional 750,000 affected people across the country.

Preparedness: WASH Cluster has emergency stocks (16,152 hygiene kits and around 10 Million Aqua tab) that can cover the needs of some 113,064 people a period of month. Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) has been revised with the additional requirements to address the immediate WASH needs of 750,000 people. As per the revised plan, HRP budget for 2018 is USD 38 million out of which 24.5 million is unfunded.