The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate, with the ongoing crisis made far worse by insufficient rain and crop failures. About 24 million people there need humanitarian assistance, and 3.4 million people are displaced. Of the 700,000 people forced from their homes since August 2021, 80% are women and children. CARE is scaling up a comprehensive response to help displaced families and other vulnerable Afghans. We are providing emergency multi-purpose cash assistance, cash for work, medical supplies, mobile health teams, food and agriculture support, household and hygiene essentials, and supplies to help cope with winter weather.
Given the unfolding nature of the hunger crisis, CARE’simmediate humanitarian assistance will prevent women, children and families in countries where severe malnutrition rates are highest from reaching possible famine levels. Simultaneously, we will address fuel and fertilizer shortages and rising costs in as many as 540 communities in countries where farming is becoming cost prohibitive, and families are on the cusp of deeper malnutrition. Countries like Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe are showing alarming declines in access to nutritious food and alarming malnutrition levels. To create a safety net for the future and strengthen less-developed nations’ ability to mitigate crises of this magnitude, CARE will work with the private sector, governments and bilateral donors to access alternate food, fuel and fertilizer supplies, and change the policies and systems that create unstable environments and unfavorable conditions at local, country and international levels. Our comprehensive approach will be adapted to the specific needs and contexts of each country or region and scale up as need and resources warrant. These initial focus countries and communities are ones CARE knows well, where our presence will allow us to act quickly—with a core focus on women, children and vulnerable groups.Attachments: