The World Health Organization and UNICEF have called for the urgent establishment of a “humanitarian airbridge” to enable the unfettered transport of medications and other assistance supplies to Afghanistan. In a statement issued on Sunday, the two UN organizations stated that they are “committed to staying and delivering for the people of Afghanistan.” They did, however, note that “with no commercial planes now authorized to land in Kabul, we have no method of getting goods into the nation and to people in need.”
They mentioned that other humanitarian organizations experience similar issues. According to the organizations, even prior to the Taliban’s recent takeover of Afghanistan, the nation required the world’s third-largest humanitarian effort, with more than 18 million people in need of assistance.
While the main attention in recent days has been on the evacuation of foreigners and vulnerable Afghans, they stated that “the huge humanitarian needs facing the rest of the people should not – and must – be ignored.”
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a warning about the healthcare situation in Afghanistan, where fighting has rendered countless people susceptible to famine and sickness. According to a Voice of America (VOA) report, the WHO estimates that one-third of the population is suffering from acute hunger, and more than half of all children under the age of five are malnourished. The present drought is anticipated to exacerbate an already severe scenario, according to the report.
“Continuity of health services must continue without interruption across the country, with a focus on ensuring women have access to female health-workers…Most major health facilities are functional. And this is based on provincial-level field monitoring. Health workers have been called to return to or to remain at their posts, including female health staff,” said WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has voiced worry about the country’s current humanitarian needs and has asked for continued support to guarantee that required aid is provided.
European nations, as well as Turkey, are concerned that the unexpected restoration of Taliban authority in Afghanistan would change this. After being haunted by a 2015 migratory crisis fuelled by the Syrian war, European authorities are keen to avert another large-scale inflow of Afghan refugees and migrants.
According to a classified German diplomatic letter, European Union officials warned a conference of interior ministers this week that the most important lesson from 2015 was not to leave Afghans to their own devices, and that without immediate humanitarian assistance, they will begin to move.
(Source – India TV)