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ICRC helps over 6,600 families contact kin in prison

ICRC helps over 6,600 families contact kin in prison

Jul 30, 2018 - 10:44

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it has helped over 6,600 Afghan families maintain contact with their relatives in prison this year.

Representatives of the humanitarian organisation also visited more than 27,000 detainees to ensure they were treated with dignity, an ICRC statement said on Monday.

As part of its Physical Rehabilitation Programme, more than 150,000 patients received treatment at one of the seven Rehabilitation Centres across Afghanistaninfo-icon.

ICRC-supported healthinfo-icon facilities provided over 460,000 people with healthcare attention and more than 380 war-wounded individuals received first aid and were taken to a health facility for treatment.

The rehabilitation of 741 water pumps in different districts helped more than 105,000 people to have access to clean drinking water.

Visiting detainees and maintaining family contact

  • Carried out 33 visits in 17 detention centres (housing over 27,913 detainees).
  • Visited 313 people in detention arrested in relation to the conflict, of which 160 were visited for the first time.
  • Exchanged over 5,616 Red Cross Messages between detainees and their families, with the support of the ARCS. Red Cross Messages are hand-written messages that may be described

as “brief messages containing family news”, “brief personal messages to relatives made otherwise unreachable by armed conflict [or by events]”, etc.

  • Helped families of detainees in the Prison and Detention Facility in Parwan (PDF-P) to re- establish  and  maintain  contact  with  relatives  through  6,300  phone  calls,  338  video

teleconference calls and 3,367 family visits.

  • Supported 151 families to visit their family members held in Pul-i-Charkhi prison.
  • Received 82 queries from families looking for people alleged to be arrested, out of which 55% of the cases were successfully solved and received 94 requests from families that have lost

contact with 295 family members.

  • Facilitated the transfer of 246 mortal remains of fighters and civilians to their families.

Supporting health care

  • Transported 382 war-wounded patients to the nearest medical centre for further treatment and care.
  • Organized first aid training for persons in direct contact with war-wounded people. A total of 47 first aid courses were conducted with 726 participants who were trained on helping the wounded. Additionally, donated 574 first aid bags to attendees of first aid training courses.
  • Provided first aid and stabilization material (822 war-wounded packages for 30 major to 300 minor wounded) to first aid workers and health staff in direct contact with the wounded.
  • Provided drugs and medical materials to support 11 major Ministry of Public Health hospitals to respond to mass casualties.
  • Supported Mirwais Regional Hospital, which admitted 43,473 patients to their surgical, medical, obstetrics and gynaecology wards. Carried out surgical operations on 10,366 patients and

provided 185,337 outpatient consultations.

  • Supported Mirwais Regional Hospital with a team of four clinical specialists (one midwife, one obstetrics/gynaecology professional, one paediatrician and one paediatric nurse) in order to strengthen the obstetrics/gynaecology and paediatric departments.
  • Supported Mirwais Regional Hospital with a biomedical engineer and laboratory specialist to support ongoing training for technicians.
  • Supported capacity-building of Mirwais Regional Hospital management. Provided support for 800 staff salary incentives in Mirwais Regional Hospital.
  • Provided 8 sessions on Health Care in Danger (HCiD) to 150 Mirwais Regional Hospital staff.
  • Supplied drugs and medical consumables/equipment to 47 ARCS (ARCS) Primary Health Care clinics. In those clinics, over 419,242 outpatient consultations were carried out and 235,530 doses of vaccine for childhood diseases administered.
  • Provided support to two Provincial Prisons (Kandahar and Herat) not included in the Ministry of Public Health System Enhancement for Health Action in Transition Project, including financial

support for prison health staff, drugs and medical consumables/equipment, technical support and clinical training.

  • Carried out 20,513 consultations for detainees in the above-mentioned provincial prisons, and 125 visits were carried out in additional seven prisons and detention centres.
  • Supported a treatment campaign for 1,307 suspected cases of Scabies in one prison.
  • Provided technical support/advice to seven prisons and detention centres holding 21,737 detainees.

Providing limb-fitting and physical rehabilitation services

  • Registered 6,874 new patients, of whom 683 were amputees.
  • Assisted a total of 76,341 patients in the seven ICRC PRP Centres.
  • Made 11,243 prostheses and orthoses.
  • Provided 154,237 physiotherapy treatments to patients.
  • Granted micro-credit loans to 236 patients to start their own small business ventures.
  • Facilitated the ongoing vocational training of 167 patients; 71 of those graduated between January and June 2018.
  • Made 3,022 home visits through the Home Care program, which is assisting 1,939 patients with spinal cord injuries, and trained their families.

Providing assistance

  • In coordination with the ARCS, assisted 38,192 people (5,456 households) displaced by conflict to help them meet their food needs for one month - 11,130 of them (1,590 households) also received essential household items.
  • Assisted 189 families (2,180 people) with cash assistance, to enable them cover their needs, including food, medical treatment and funeral costs.
  • Offered vocational training and tailoring kits to 30 female detainees in Sarpoza Prison in Kandahar to help them have a profession once they are released.
  • Organized two assessment courses for 36 ARCS staff and volunteers.

Improving water and sanitation services

  • Over 105,000 people in rural areas and suburban settlements gained access to sufficient water of adequate quality in Farah (Suburban & Posht Rod district), Herat (Shindand & Pashtuninfo-icon Zarghon district), Badghis (Murghab district), Logar (Barki Barak district) and Khost (Mandozay district) provinces as a result of the repair of 751 hand pumps.
  • Over 9.900 detainees in 04 places of detention – including their accompanying children – received cleaning and hygiene materials. Around 700 detainees had their living conditions improved following the ICRC engineering activities in prison facilities such as the installation of a solar water pumping system in Khost Provincial Prison for over 500 detainees. Additionally, works have commenced which will benefit over 700 detainees in Pol-e-Charkhi Prison by rehabilitating the water supply and waste water systems. The ICRC continued to support the

Maintenance and Hygiene Committees in prisons, with repair works helping to improve the living conditions of over 4,550 detainees in Herat and Kandahar provincial prisons.

  • Continued several engineering activities to improve conditions for patients and staff of Mirwais Regional Hospital with 616 beds. Among them, the renovation of the waste water treatment infiltration trenches was completed, as well as the refurbishment of three female wards, (former paediatric department), with approx. 1000 m2 of hospital floor area. Additionally, 243,000 litres of fuel, tools and parts were delivered to ensure the provision of essential services and 685 maintenance activities in the hospital.
  • In Sheberghan Provincial Hospital with 150 beds, the construction of a new emergency ward was completed.
  • Rehabilitated the ARCS Primary Health Care clinic in Jalalabad, which receives 200 consultations per day. Additionally, the ARCS clinics in Herat (50 consultations per day) and

Farah (40 consultations per day) have also been renovated. Three ARCS Primary Health Care clinics, with a total of 420 consultations per day, in Kabul are also under-going rehabilitation.

Working in partnership with the ARCS

  • Supported dissemination sessions about the activities of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Movement and its principles for 2,740 community leaders, staff, volunteers and school student in Kabul, Bamyan, Herat and Kandahar.
  • A joint Safer Access Framework refresher training was conducted for the 17 ARCS HQ regional and provincial Safer Access Framework facilitators.
  • A Safer Access Framework Assessment and Planning Workshop was conducted for the Ghazni Provincial Branch, during which 22 participants from ARCS HQ, Regional Office, Ghazni Provincial Branch, volunteers and ICRC staff identified the root causes, and the measures to increase acceptance, security and access at branch level.
  • A joint Health Care in Danger (HCiD) awareness workshop was conducted for ARCS 17 Safer Access Framework trainers and 6 HQ staff to enable them to facilitate and present HCiD issues to ARCS staff/volunteers, ARCS stakeholders and community members.
  • The ARCS focal point for HCiD participated in the HCiD annual meeting in Geneva. The meeting focused on the importance of data collection, analysis and reporting of security incidents.
  • With the legal and technical support of the ICRC, the ARCS and Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) signed a MoU to regulate the protective use of Red Crescent Emblem upon the roofs of

three hospitals ran independently in Afghanistan.

  • The ARCS and the ICRC renewed the partnership framework agreement for the next 3 years (2018 – 2020). Projects in Emergency Assistance, Health, Restoring Family Links, Human Remain Transfer Program, Communications and Dissemination, National Societyinfo-icon Development and Movement Coordination have been signed.
  • The Movement Coordination Agreement, including a Movement Security Framework Agreement for Afghanistan and Communication Guidelines, was renewed for 3 years.

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