Badakhshan is located in the north of the country. Prone to frequent landslides, it is one of the world’s poorest regions. In May 2014, a landslide in Argo district caused by heavy rains resulted in 2500 people killed, severely hurt or reported missing. Livelihoods were destroyed, affecting around 1000 families and the lack of access to drinking water brought aggravated risks of disease.
For the displaced people from the Argo district, AfD provided access to drinking water with gravity water filters. 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 severely cold winters with extremely low temperatures and heavy snowfall.
In collaboration with Afghanaid, AfD provided life-saving winterization aid to 96 households in March 2016. People were given multipurpose heaters and wood, which helped their families survive the region’s harsh winters.
Each household received 210kg of wood and one locally produced multipurpose heater, which allowed them to heat their houses, cook and boil water throughout the winter. In line with our vision of empowerment, all heaters were locally manufactured to provide work opportunities to local manufacturers. Approximately 700 people benefited from the distribution.
Mobile Health Service
Due to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, a lot of families have to flee their homes forcing them to live in 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, Afghanistan. They provided basic health checks to around 40 families and distributed medicine whenever it was deemed necessary. A lot of the patients were suffering from respiratory diseases. People who were in serious conditions were referred to hospitals and other health facilities for proper treatment. A majority of them were either children suffering from severe malnutrition or pregnant women who were referred for antenatal care.