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Over 3.6m Afghans given life-saving aid: UN

Over 3.6m Afghans given life-saving aid: UN

Mar 20, 2017 - 10:32

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): More than 3.6 million Afghans were provided life-saving, emergency humanitarian assistance in 2016, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) announced on Monday.

“Through the committed efforts of Afghanistaninfo-icon’s humanitarian community, 3.6 million vulnerable, marginalised Afghans received emergency humanitarian assistance last year,” said the UNOCHA in Afghanistan.

Dominic Parker said in a statement: “For too long, millions of Afghans continue to suffer the devastating impact of war and recurrent natural disasters. However, these results show that the humanitarian community remains a tireless partner that is delivering real, life-saving assistance, and we are ready to do more.”

UNOCHA has published the results in its 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan Year-End Report, which compiles the collective efforts of Afghanistan’s humanitarian community to reach the most vulnerable Afghans through the annual Afghanistan Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP).

In 2016, donors provided over $538 million towards humanitarian programming, including $356 million towards the HRP. Afghanistan’s HRP was 73 percent funded – an outstanding result that placed Afghanistan in the top two best-funded appeals globally for a second year in a row. 

Most of humanitarian assistance was provided in the form of life-saving medical care and emergency medical supplies, in addition to emergency supplies of food, water, and shelter.

Around 9.3 million Afghans will be in need of humanitarian assistance this year, UNOCHA estimates, saying 5.6 million of the most vulnerable are targeted for help under the 2017 Afghanistan HRP.


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