Save the Children Delivers 92 Tonnes of Vital Medicines to Afghanistan Amid Health Crisis

Save the Children delivers 92 tons of vital medicines to Afghanistan, treating 675,000 people, including 400,000 children, amid rising respiratory infections and measles cases.

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Save the Children Delivers 92 Tonnes of Vital Medicines to Afghanistan Amid Health Crisis

Save the Children Delivers 92 Tonnes of Vital Medicines to Afghanistan Amid Health Crisis

Save the Children has delivered 92 tonnes of vital medicines to Afghanistan, aiming to treat 675,000 people, including nearly 400,000 children, amid rising cases of respiratory infections and measles in 2024. The shipment, the largest delivered by Save the Children in a year, will provide lifesaving treatment for children suffering from illnesses such as respiratory tract infections, pneumonia, acute watery diarrhea, and skin diseases.

Over the past 3 months, Save the Children's mobile health teams treated nearly 69,000 cases of acute respiratory infections in children under 5, and more than 1,000 children under 5 have died from pneumonia. The number of measles cases among children under 5 has also risen by 44% compared to the same period last year, emphasizing the pressing need for medical intervention.

Why this matters: The delivery of these vital medicines comes at a critical time for Afghanistan's healthcare system, which has been severely strained by ongoing conflicts, economic challenges, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The rising cases of preventable diseases among children highlight the significance of international aid organizations in providing essential health services to vulnerable populations.

The medicines, worth around $590,000, were donated by various international organizations and will be distributed across Save the Children's 58 static and mobile clinics in remote and underserved areas of Afghanistan. The organization has been supporting communities and protecting children's rights in Afghanistan since 1976 and is scaling up its response to support the increasing number of children in need.

Save the Children's efforts also aim to address gender disparities in healthcare, with women constituting 44% of the beneficiaries. The organization has a dedicated team of 341 health workers who are providing essential services in mental health, social-psychological support, standard education care, and treatment services. In March alone, Save the Children delivered services to over 812,700 individuals through its network of 933 health centers across the country.

"This delivery of life-saving medicines will provide a lifeline to thousands of children who are at risk of dying from preventable illnesses," said Chris Nyamandi, Save the Children's Country Director in Afghanistan. "We are committed to ensuring that every child in Afghanistan has access to quality healthcare, regardless of their circumstances."

Key Takeaways

  • Save the Children delivered 92 tons of medicines to treat 675,000 Afghans, incl. 400,000 children.
  • Acute respiratory infections and pneumonia have surged, with over 1,000 child deaths from pneumonia.
  • Measles cases in children under 5 rose 44% compared to last year, highlighting need for intervention.
  • Medicines worth $590,000 will be distributed across 58 clinics, addressing gender disparities.
  • Save the Children aims to ensure all Afghan children have access to quality healthcare.