In Afghanistan

we support IDPs and refugees in the health sector and promote adequate access to drinking water and sanitation.

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.

Years Active in the Country
We have been helping in Afghanistan since 2002
Staff Members
of Johanniter work on site
could be reached in 2021
Partner Organisations
implement the projects on the ground

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. 

Project News from Afghanistan

  • Update on the earthquake in Afghanistan

    After the earthquake, Johanniter continued to provide medical aid in the particularly hard-hit Spera district in the Khost province. In addition, urgently needed relief supplies will be distributed in the coming week.

  • Johanniter expands its activities


    The possible shift of power due to the withdrawal of NATO troops will also affect the work of Johanniter in the country. Rik Vaassen traveled to Afghanistan to discuss our future perspectives with the team on site.

  • Help for people in need must remain possible


    Johanniter, CARE, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, Help - Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe, Islamic Relief, Welthungerhilfe and World Vision promise to stay in Afghanistan as long as their work is needed.