Afghanistan has known little else but war for the past 30 years. Fighting has forced thousands of people to leave their homes, seeking protection with host families or informal settlements. Ongoing insecurity means families living in these settlements have limited access to healthcare.
In remote mountain villages, farmers contend with flash flooding and landslides to grow enough food to feed their families. Water often comes from unprotected sources, putting entire communities at risk of waterborne disease.
Medair has been working in Afghanistan since 1996, responding to the needs of vulnerable and difficult-to-reach communities.
Medair provides relief in some of the most remote areas in the mountainous Central Highlands region, where hard-to-reach communities are trying to grow food for their families out of earth that is frequently affected by flooding and drought. Access to safe water and latrines is limited.
Medair provides relief to vulnerable people in southern Afghanistan who have fled conflict and sought protection in informal settlements. Malnutrition is a particular challenge among these populations, especially for children under five and pregnant and breastfeeding women. We’re one of only a handful of humanitarian organisations currently working in this region.
When crisis strikes, health risks multiply. Families suffer from preventable diseases. Children are weakened from malnutrition. Everyone needs health care and nutrition—especially during crisis.
Food insecurity can occur for any number of reasons: conflict, natural disaster, environmental change or lack of access to markets. Food shortages exacerbate existing crises and can irreversibly affect a population.