Badakhshan is located in the North of Afghanistan. Prone to frequent landslides, it is one of the world’s poorest regions. In May 2014, a landslide in the Argo district caused by heavy rain resulted in 2500 people killed, severely hurt or reported missing. About 1000 families were affected, livelihoods destroyed, lack of access to drinking water increased the risk of diseases.
AfD provided access to drinking water with gravity water filters to the internally displaced population of the Argo district. In part together with Afghanaid, a total of 747 people benefitted from the project, including 475 children under the age of 15.
Badkashan is not only prone to natural disasters but also to extremely cold winters characterized by low temperatures and heavy snowfall.
In collaboration with Afghanaid, AfD provided life-saving winterization aid to 96 households in March 2016. Each household was provided with multipurpose heaters and wood, which helped many families survive the region’s harsh winter.
In particular, each household received 210kg of wood and one locally produced multipurpose heater, which served for heating houses, cooking and boiling water throughout the winter. In line with our vision of empowerment, all heaters were locally manufactured to provide work opportunities to the local population. Approximately 700 people benefited from the distribution.
Mobile Health Service
As a result of the ongoing violence in Afghanistan, families were forced to flee their homes and settling into displacement camps in and around Kabul. Most of them live in poverty and lack access to basic needs to survive the cold winter months.
In January 2018, AfD’s mobile health team from the Comprehensive Health Center visited an IDP camp in Kabul. They provided basic health check-ups to around 40 families and distributed medicine as needed. Many of the patients visited were suffering from respiratory diseases. Individuals suffering from serious conditions were referred to hospitals and other health facilities for proper treatment. The majority of these cases were children suffering from severe malnutrition and pregnant women in need of antenatal care.