Nearly 18 million Afghans depend on humanitarian health assistance: WHO

A hospital in Herat. File photo.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that nearly 18 million Afghans are in need of humanitarian health assistance.

In observance of World Health Day, WHO Afghanistan emphasized the importance of resilient healthcare systems, with a particular focus on women and children. The UN health agency advocated for immediate action towards equitable healthcare, stating, “Let’s act now for equitable healthcare.”

Jamshed Tanoli, acting WHO country director in Afghanistan, highlighted in a video clip the principle of “my health, my right.” “Access to quality healthcare remains a critical issue in Afghanistan, with nearly more than 18 million people relying on humanitarian health assistance,” he noted.

Tanoli also pointed out that the influx of Afghan refugees returning from neighboring countries is exacerbating the challenges faced by Afghanistan’s already fragile health system.

Following the Taliban’s takeover in August 2021, Afghanistan’s health sector has encountered numerous crises.