TACT is partnering with UNICEF Afghanistan for provision of essential and lifesaving Health & Nutrition services for people in need affected by the emergency in Afghanistan through eight health and nutrition mobile teams and health facilities in North East of Afghanistan.
The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan continues extremely difficult, with several causes contributing to food insecurity in the nation, including conflict and displacement, reduced income and unemployment connected to the COVID-19 crisis, and high food costs (IPC Analysis April 2021). The IPC predictions suggest a serious food security scenario, with over 2.7 million people in emergency phase 4 from June to November 2021. The Nutrition Cluster's projections for the year 2021 are equally concerning. This year, nearly one in every two children under the age of five - 3.1 million children - and 720,000 Pregnant and Lactated Women will suffer from acute malnutrition (HNO 2021).
In addition, the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 led to deterioration in food insecurity. IPC analysis estimates that 12.2 million people are in crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity, this led to increase in food prices.
More than 14.5 million people need health care assistance in 2021, without it, additional 112 U5 deaths/day, and 55 neonatal deaths/day are estimated to occur due to reduction of health and nutrition service coverage caused by humanitarian crisis.
The expected drought and displacement will have a significant impact on the nutrition and health of the most vulnerable populations. In addition, due to suspension of key donor funding to BPHS/EPHS service due to transition in power, health system is in the risk of collapsing, and essential health service might become unavailable for population in need.
The main goal of TACT response is direct assistance aiming at alleviating the suffering of the most vulnerable Afghan IDPs, returnees and refugees by providing proper emergency food and non-food item assistance, health and psycho-social services (PSS) and education and protection services to selected households living in camps and host communities.
In 2021 TACT with funding from the Central Asia Institute (CAI) “Immediate Response to the IDPs Crisis in Kabul” project in response to emergency in Afghanistan is deemed to be one of the most needed intervention through which TACT in close coordination with the Directorate of Refugees and Repatriation, Directorate of Economy of Kabul province and Shelter and NFIs sub cluster of the Afghanistan Protection Cluster which is led by UNHCR, had distributed 900 aid packages to 300 IDP households, targeting mainly the most vulnerable displaced population ensuring protection and wellbeing of the most vulnerable IDPs, particularly women and children in targeted IDP camps in Kabul.
As we know that in an emergency situation, families often flee with little more than the clothes they are wearing and consequently find themselves displaced without any personal belongings. In addition to food, they urgently need certain non-food items to survive, including items for shelter (tents, plastic sheeting, blankets, sleeping mats), cooking (stoves, pots, fuel), and health and sanitation (buckets, soap, jerry cans, sanitary cloths and so forth.