KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghanistan’s health system is on the verge of collapse, international aid agencies warned this week, threatening to deepen the country’s humanitarian crisis as temperatures begin to drop.
Thousands of health facilities have run out of basic medicines. Afghan doctors haven’t been paid for two months, they don’t see a salary. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), measles and diarrhea have increased in recent weeks.
Aid from the World Bank and other international donors has improved the country’s health system for two decades, but after the Taliban came to power, they raised $600 million for healthcare.
Now, more than a month under Taliban rule, the accusations are starting to show.
Alexander Matu, Asia Pacific Director of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said: “We are deeply concerned about the impending collapse of healthcare in Afghanistan and the worsening hunger, if not aid and money. . . It’s coming. Press conference on Thursday: “A severe winter in Afghanistan threatens with further misfortune and hardship.”
The growing health crisis has demonstrated how quickly basic services have been organized as international donors struggle to provide the country with much-needed assistance under the Taliban regime.
According to the World Bank, development aid once made up about 75 percent of the country’s public spending, but since terrorists took control on August 15, the United States has more than $9 billion in U.S. accounts with Afghanistan’s central bank and major international banks. banks keep financiers because the World Bank and International Monetary Fund stop making payments.
He fears that the Taliban will continue its brutal suppression of the previous regime from 1996 to 2001. Aid agencies and foreign governments have talked about finding ways to send money and supplies into Afghanistan without leaving it in the hands of the Taliban, but until then, ordinary Afghans pay a heavy price.
Mr Matthew said Thursday, “There needs to be a solution to financial flows in Afghanistan to ensure that at least wages are paid and basic supplies – electricity and water – two of them – can be purchased.”
Last week the United States paved the way for some aid to Afghanistan by issuing two joint licenses that allow the US government and several international organizations such as the United Nations to work with the Taliban in providing humanitarian assistance.
The flow of agricultural goods, medicine and other vital resources must be reduced while economic sanctions against the Taliban are maintained.
“The Treasury is committed to facilitating the flow of humanitarian aid to the Afghan people and other activities to support their basic humanitarian needs,” said Andrea Gachi, director of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.
But winter is getting closer and closer, and humanitarian organizations are making an urgent appeal to international donors.
“Over the past 20 years, Afghanistan has experienced significant health benefits from reducing maternal and infant mortality, eliminating polio, and more. That’s what dr. Tedros Adhanom Gebreesus, Director General of the World Health Organization, last week. “This profit is now very risky.”
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is seeking $38 million to fund health care and other emergency services across Afghanistan. And hey on Wednesday, UN spokesman Stefan Dujarric called on donors to help them meet their $606 million goal to pay for humanitarian programs by the end of the year. So far, the call has only been funded by 22 percent.
However, the international community remains deeply divided over support for the Taliban-led government.
Several countries and supporting organizations have asked the new government to meet certain conditions in exchange for assistance – such as guaranteeing women’s rights. Others warn that conditional aid risks plunging the country into a humanitarian catastrophe.
More than half a million Afghans were driven from their homes during the Taliban’s four-month military campaign this summer, and many still live in makeshift camps. According to the World Food Programme, drought hit most countries and caused severe food shortages. And the country faced a major economic crisis as the Taliban broke away from the international banking system and foreign aid backed by the previous government.
According to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, some 18 million Afghans, about half of the population, are currently in dire need of humanitarian assistance.
On Wednesday, the World Health Organization warned that two-thirds of the nearly 2,300 health facilities it administers are running out of basic medicines. Only about 400 are currently working.
This facility, the backbone of the country’s health system, is part of a $600 million project managed by the World Bank and funded by the US Agency for International Development, the European Union and others.