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) in the world. 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.
Further contributing to this are medical issues, for example difficult access to health services, health issues often associated with fertility, an extremely high birth mortality rate, and contagious diseases, which account for half of deaths in Afghanistan.
What we do
Cluster Munition Clearance
During two months in 2017, Demining Agency for Afganistan (DAFA) cleared 701,771 square meters of land, contaminated with cluster munition. During clearance, 440 UXOs, 7 BLUs and 15 SAA were found and destroyed.
ITF was approached by NGO Mine Detection Center (MDC) in Kabul at the end of 2015 regarding possible support of the MDC Polyclinic. The project of supporting the MDC Polyclinic in Kabul enables free healthcare support to the 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. The project specifically focuses on the services aimed at women and children, who cannot afford healthcare. Around 16,000 medical services, examinations and counselling were delivered on annual basis in the period of 2015-2019.
ITF is also supporting the project “Prosthetics and Orthotics (P&O) workshop in Kunduz regional hospital”, implemented by Humanity and Inclusion (HI). Through the support of two P&O technicians and one support staff, the needs of most vulnerable Kunduz citizens with disabilities are met. The establishment of P&O workshop in Kunduz hospital improved their functional capacities and thus their independence. The project is conducted in Kunduz region and it started on 1 July 2019.
ITF formally started to work in Afghanistan in 2014, when ANDMA (Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority) and ITF signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The Capacity Support to Mine Action Coordination and Transition in Afganistan project officially started with 1 August 2014.
ITF has been supporting the development of national capacities in the field of mine action, specifically the Directorate of Mine Action Coordination (DMAC) as part of ANDMA, and provided coordination related to the delivery of quality assurance in Afghanistan's regions through salary payments for 38 Operational Personnel. In addition, ITF is covering all logistic and support costs of DMAC.