Afghanistan is one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries on earth. Three decades of war have taken a punishing toll on the Afghan people. Basic services like health care, water, roads, and education have been neglected for far too long. Though some remote regions live in relative peace, they endure frequent natural disasters, unreliable harvests, malnutrition, minimal access to health care, unclean water, and poor sanitation.
In recent years, Afghanistan has had the world's highest infant mortality rate and the second highest mortality rate for children under five. The deadly combination of conflict, disasters, and unsustainable land practices have pushed people to their limits, locked in a constant struggle for survival. Life expectancy in Afghanistan is just 48 years.
Medair has been actively providing relief and recovery in the country since 1996.
Remote communities in Bamyan and Wardak provinces are extremely vulnerable to flooding, drought, and harsh weather conditions. They also have very limited access to safe water, latrines, or health care. Despite life-threatening needs, few organisations are active to provide them with assistance.
In remote Waras district, Bamyan, Medair continues to reach underserved villages and schools with safe and accessible water, latrines, and improved awareness about health, hygiene, and nutrition. With assistance already provided to 40 percent of Waras’ communities, our latest project includes:
“There are fewer cases of diarrhoea and malnutrition from the communities that have benefited from WASH programmes. The majority of the patients we treat for diarrhoea and malnutrition come from communities that have not had any WASH assistance.”
- Dr. Abozer, head doctor at Panjab hospital, Bamyan
Severe drought threatens the lives and livelihoods of people in Markazi Bihsud district, Wardak province. Therefore, Medair is running acash-for-work programme where drought-affected residents build land and water management structures and earn income that enables them to feed their families. The new structures reduce the impact of flooding while also improving soil infiltration and irrigation. This in turn leads to higher crop yields and reduces the impact of future droughts.
Our project includes:
Safe shelter is at the very core of human survival and dignity. Infrastructure like roads, bridges, schools, and clinics help communities recover from crisis and build a better future.