Afghanistan remains one of the most dangerous and violent countries in the world due to its ongoing crisis by armed conflict. According to United Nations, more than 9 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in 2017 and have limited or no access to essential health services in Afghanistan. 57 346 casualties caused by weapons have been reported between January and September of 2016 which is a three-fold increase compared to 2011.
Johanniter International Assistance is present in Afghanistan since 2002. More than 1.3 million people have benefited so far from Johanniter´s commitment. Most projects focused on the improvement of medical care and disaster risk reduction. Thousands of people have been trained in first aid and disaster risk reduction and medical facilities have been rehabilitated and provided with medical material. Thereby, hundreds of thousands people had access to basic medical care. Around 20 000 internally displaced persons received emergency supplies, and numerous refugees fleeing violence from neighboring Pakistan have had access to basic medical care in refugee camps since 2014.
In August 2013, Johanniter opened a mother-child clinic with the financial support of the German Federal Ministry for Cooperation nearby Kabul. Up to 200 patients have received medical care there each day.
In addition, Johanniter is involved in midwifery education since several years in the North of Afghanistan. 24 young women from remote communities of Balkh province received training to become midwives in Mazar-i-Sharif. After graduation in summer 2014, the women returned to their villages providing assistance to pregnant women, young mothers and babies. A second round of training ended at the end of 2016 with the successful graduation of 68 midwives. A third training cycle is supposed to start mid-2017.
With financial support from the German Foreign Office, Johanniter has trained more than 10 000 people in the north-east of the country in first aid and disaster risk reduction. Thus, Johanniter conducted disaster preparedness training courses in 40 schools in the Balkh Province. 6.000 apprentices received practical tips to protect themselves in emergencies and to offer help for others.