Due to the collapse of the Afghan government, many Afghans have fled their homes, leaving their lands and livelihoods behind as they seek safety. There are more than 35,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the capital of Kabul alone, and thousands more are expected in the coming days-with many requiring emergency humanitarian assistance. International Medical Corps is on the ground and deploying mobile health teams to address the emergency health needs of conflict-impacted people in Afghan
There has been a major rise in conflict in recent weeks, but the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the country has been unfolding for months. Between June and August 2021, nearly 300,000 people have been displaced from their homes and require humanitarian assistance. The displaced and crisis-impacted face a lack of healthcare and hygiene services, continued protection risks and risk COVID-19 exposure due to crowding and lack of basic infection prevention and control measures.
International Medical Corps will deploy Mobile Health Teams (MHT) to address the emergency health needs of conflict-impacted people in Afghanistan. Each MHT will include six healthcare specialists that will deliver primary healthcare, maternal and newborn healthcare, child health and routine immunizations, communicable and non-communicable disease services, mental health and psychosocial support, promote hygiene best practices and a regular supply of essential drugs, among other services.
International Medical Corps was established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses to address the critical need for medical care in war-torn Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation. Over the decades, we have provided healthcare, training, emergency response, disaster resilience, mental health and psychosocial support, protection, water, sanitation and hygiene, and COVID-19-related services. We will use our understanding of the local context as we provide humanitarian aid to the Afghan people.