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$449.9 Million Needed For Healthcare Services in Afghanistan: UN

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

On Thursday, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said that the organization requires $449.9 Million to assist 15.6 million people in the country.

The organization also warned that failure to invest in life-saving health services would lead to increased mortality and morbidity among the most vulnerable in the country.

“Multiple shocks are driving Afghanistan’s health needs. Failure to invest in life-saving health services will increase mortality and morbidity among the most vulnerable,” OCHA tweeted.

It continued, this year, $449.9 Million is required to assist 15.6 million people with essential health care services.

The organization warned that the “huge funding gaps threaten to severely disrupt aid efforts in Afghanistan and humanitarian actors’ ability to ward off a worsening crisis.”

Amid the humanitarian crisis, the de facto authorities extended the ban on women’s aid workers on April 4, 2023. The decision extended the directive previously issued by the de facto Ministry of Economy on December 24 2022, which banned Afghan women from working for national and international nongovernmental organizations.

Meanwhile, the UN and other international organizations condemned the decision and called for immediate reversal of the decree. 

 The decision disrupted humanitarian operations as per the UN, even though aid agencies remain on the ground delivering life-saving assistance to millions of people, the organization said. 

Despite widespread criticism, the de facto authorities uphold their policies and ban 50% of Afghan females from attending school or working for aid organizations.

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