International Assistance in Afghanistan
Afghanistan after the change of power
Johanniter has been working in Afghanistan for almost 20 years, providing medical care to the population as well as to internally displaced persons and refugees in the country. Also in this new phase of upheaval, our team in Kabul, together with our partners, is supporting the people and doing important project work.
Why We Are on Site
Afghanistan has been marked by violent conflict and political instability for four decades. Clashes between state security forces and armed groups have left their mark: sowing deep fear and insecurity among the population. People have been displaced, especially from remote regions of the country, many of which are under Taliban control. The affected communities are mostly cut off from national institutions and international aid.
Poor economic development leads to inadequate basic services. There is a lack of trained medical and nursing staff throughout the country. Drug trafficking plays an essential role in financing the conflict. More than 2.6 million people had fled the country by 2020, and around 2.9 million people are internally displaced persons who seek refuge primarily in the capital Kabul. Together with returnees from Pakistan and Iran, they often live in the capital in very confined spaces under precarious conditions.
What We Achieve Together with Our Partner Organisations
Johanniter International Assistance has been supporting people in Afghanistan since 2002. Together with local partner organizations in Kabul’s informal settlements, we are working to ensure that health care is functioning properly and that people have access to adequate water and sanitation facilities. On the border with Pakistan, we support refugee and host communities in the health sector and provide psychosocial assistance. Vulnerable groups such as women, children and people with disabilities are the focus of our project activities. To reduce the high mortality rate among infants and their mothers in rural areas, we are training midwives in the north of the country.