NEW YORK, 12th August, 2022 (WAM) -- Despite an unprecedented scale-up in assistance in Afghanistan over the past year, immense needs still exist and the future looks bleak, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, said on Thursday.
UN agencies and their partners remained in Afghanistan, providing aid to nearly 23 million people, or nearly 94 percent of all those who require support.
Humanitarians expanded their operations to reach communities across all 34 provinces, and their work has saved lives and even successfully averted a famine last winter.
The UN's Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov, stressed on Thursday that this "tragic reality" will continue unless a functioning economy and banking system is restored, girls are officially able to return to school, and women and girls can meaningfully and safely participate in all aspects of social, political and economic life, including humanitarian work.
Some 7.7 million citizens, including three million women and girls, have received healthcare support this year, which has contributed to reduced excess maternal, neonatal and child deaths.
Additional humanitarian assistance has been provided in the form of emergency cash to cover needs such as food, shelter, protection and health, and also cash for work and livelihoods support, thus injecting much-needed liquidity into the economy.
Alakbarov called for greater commitment to meeting the life-saving needs and supporting vulnerable communities.