Afghanistan: Weekly Humanitarian Update (17 February – 23 February 2020)

Situation Report
Originally published


Northeast: Over 6,000 people received humanitarian assistance

Access to people in need in Dasht-e-Archi and other districts in Kunduz remained a big challenge for humanitarian partners due to fighting between the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and a Non-State Armed Group (NSAG). Negotiations are ongoing between community elders and NSAG to facilitate access for humanitarian teams.

Last week, 6,370 people affected by conflict received humanitarian assistance in Kunduz and Takhar provinces. Moreover, 938 internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by conflict were assessed and will receive assistance in the coming days in Badakhshan, Baghlan and Kunduz provinces.

East: Closure of 10 health facilities in Laghman province

Approximately 300 people were displaced during a military operation between an NSAG and ANSF in Chawkay and Narang districts in Kunar province.

Since last week, four additional health facilities were closed in Alingar district in Laghman province, in total 10 health facilities remain closed impacting approximately 40,000 people in need of healthcare in Laghman province. Negotiations are ongoing to reopen the health facilities.

Last week, interagency assessment teams identified 2,723 IDPs who will receive humanitarian assistance in the coming days across the eastern part of the country. 10,402 IDPs received humanitarian assistance in Nangarhar, Laghman and Kunar provinces. In addition, 7,563 returnees, IDPs and people from host communities were reached with emergency outpatient health services. This week, a total of 10,472 children were vaccinated for polio and measles.

North: Ongoing fighting results in civilian deaths in Faryab province

Clashes between the ANSF and an NSAG continued in Faryab and Jawzjan provinces. Three civilians were reportedly killed and several others were wounded due to conflict in Qaysar district in Faryab province. Despite the announcement of a reduction in violence and conflict, some incidents were witnessed in Zari district and along the Mazar-Shiberghan road in Balkh province. Four people were killed and others were injured because of an NSAG attack on Zari district centre in Balkh province.

Interagency assessment teams verified 973 people displaced by conflict in Balkh, Faryab, Sar-e-Pul and Jawzjan provinces. 1,225 IDPs received humanitarian assistance in Faryab and Sar-e-Pul provinces, while 6,664 protracted IDPs received winterisation support in the form of cash in Maymana city in Faryab province.

South: Over 4,500 people affected by conflict in Hilmand and Nimroz

Demining activities were suspended in Tarnak Wa Jaldak district in Zabul province on the Kabul-Kandahar highway by an NSAG. Negotiations are ongoing to resolve the issue.

Over the last week, initial reports indicate 4,676 IDPs have been affected by conflict in Hilmand and Nimroz provinces. 79 people affected by natural disaster received humanitarian assistance in Kandahar province. Inter-agency needs assessments are ongoing for people affected by natural disasters and conflict in Hilmand and Zabul provinces.

Centre: Over 400 families affected by avalanches in Daykundi

Reportedly, on 16 February, avalanches severely affected over 100 villages in seven districts in Daykundi province and caused significant damage to homes and agricultural land. Around 400 families are affected by avalanches and inter-agency teams are deployed to carry out needs assessment in Daykundi province.

Last week, according to initial reports humanitarian projects were stopped by an NSAG in several districts in Maidan Wardak province.

Approximately 6,000 IDPs, returnees and vulnerable people received winter assistance across central part of the country. Assessments are ongoing for more than 7,000 people affected by natural disasters and conflict in Kabul, Khost and Logar provinces.

West: First positive COVID-19 confirmed in Hirat

According to initial reports, on 17 February, eight civilians including children and women were killed during fighting between an NSAG and ANSF in Kushk district in Hirat province.

On 24 February Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) reported one of four suspected cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in the Western province of Hirat with recent travel history from Qom, the Islamic Republic of Iran. The clinical conditions of the confirmed and non-confirmed cases are good. Shortly after the announcement, the local government in Hirat province declared a state of emergency. MoPH is working closely with WHO, Health Cluster partners and other relevant stakeholders to rapidly expand the in-country preparedness and containment capacity, strengthen the detection and surveillance capacity at points-of-entry into Afghanistan, such as airports and border-crossing sites (especially in the Western Region), to continue the training of medical staff on case-management and risk communication and community engagement, in order to prevent the spread of this outbreak.

Last week, mobile health teams resumed their services in Badghis province following the announcement of the reduction of violence in the country.

Last week,171 IDPs who were affected by conflict received humanitarian assistance in Badghis, Ghor and Farah province. Interagency assessment teams identified 434 IDPs who were affected by conflict to receive humanitarian assistance in the coming days in Badghis, Ghor and Farah provinces. Assessments are ongoing for 100 families who have been affected by flash flood in Hirat province.

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