USAID/OFDA South Asia Newsletter for January and February 2012
Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA)
South Asia Region, Regional Office for Asia-Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand
Responding to Severe Cold in Afghanistan
In response to the most severe winter in 15 years, USAID/OFDA is distributing cold weather-related emergency relief supplies to the most vulnerable families in Afghanistan.
In Kabul, the effects of the winter have been particularly severe on families staying in informal settlements. Comprising internally displaced persons—including economic migrants and former refugees—the estimated 30,000 people residing in informal settlements throughout Kabul already had limited access to basic services before severe weather conditions began.
To help families cope with cold temperatures, USAID/OFDA, through partners Save the Children/U.S. (SC/US) and the International Organization for Migration, distributed emergency relief supplies—including blankets, winter clothing, and tarpaulins—already stockpiled in-country to protect families from the harsh weather conditions and provided families with hygiene kits and hygiene promotion activities to help mitigate the spread of disease. By February 20, USAID/ OFDA partners had already reached more than 93 percent of people staying in Kabul informal settlements, as well as nearly 6,100 families across eight additional Afghan provinces, helping families survive the harsh winter conditions.