Afghanistan has known little else but war for the past 30 years. Fighting has forced thousands of people to flee their homes, seeking shelter with host families or in informal settlements. Remote areas are vulnerable to environmental disasters. Afghans living in these areas compete with extreme weather, flooding, drought, and landslides to produce 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 informal settlements and rural districts in the southern region of Afghanistan, where displaced Afghans have limited access to health care and nutrition. Malnutrition is a particular challenge for children under five and pregnant and lactating women.
Medair provides relief in some of the most remote areas in the mountainous Central Highlands region. These hard-to-reach communities are vulnerable to environmental disaster such as flooding and drought. Food shortages occur often and access to safe water and latrines is limited.
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.