In the shadow of never-finished wars, Afghanistan remains one of the poorest and one of the most contaminated countries by mines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) countries in the world. Despite significant achievements, an average of 39 civilians were injured or killed per month in 2013, as compared to 30 per month in the previous year. While the majority of minefields have already been cleared, the remaining areas still make Afghanistan one of the most ERW impacted countries in the world. They pose an immediate danger towards the civil population and impede further development of those areas.
Contributing to this are medical issues with health services difficult to access and health issues often associated with fertility, with an extremely high birth mortality rate. In addition, transmitted diseases account for a half of deaths in Afghanistan.
What we do
ITF has been supporting the development of national capacities in the field of mine action, specifically the Directorate of Mine Action Coordination, and provided coordination related to the delivery of quality assurance in the Afghanistan regions through salary payments for 11 Operational Assistants.
In addition, ITF is supporting the MDC Polyclinic in Kabul that enables free healthcare support to deminers and their family members as well as the population of Kabul, in particular physiotherapeutic, psychosocial, gynaecological, and dental services as well as examinations and consultations. Additionally, radiological, laboratory and pharmaceutical services will be ensured. The project specifically focuses on the services aimed at women and children, who cannot afford healthcare.