Humanity & Inclusion in Afghanistan
Humanity & Inclusion has been active in Afghanistan since 1987. Devastated by 40 years of war, Afghanistan remains one of the countries in the world most heavily polluted with explosive remnants of war. There are 2.6 million registered Afghan refugees in the world, most of whom are living in Iran and Pakistan, according to the United Nations Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Another 3.5 million people are displaced by the conflict within Afghanistan.
Since the Taliban toppled the former government and took over the country following the withdrawal of U.S. troops in 2021, international aid is largely suspended. Basic services like health and education are insufficient, and the country is on the edge of bankruptcy. World Food Program warns that half of Afghanistan's population face acute hunger as humanitarian needs grow to record levels. After a few days of interruption in August 2021, Humanity & inclusion resumed its activities in four provinces of Afghanistan: Herat, Kunduz, Kandahar, Nimroz.
In Kandahar, Humanity & Inclusion continues to operate a rehabilitation center that opened in 1996 to serve people with disabilities, including landmine victims.
Areas of Intervention
- Physical rehabilitation, prosthetics and orthotics
- Mental health and psychosocial support
- Mine risk education
- Victim assistance
- Covid-19 emergency response
Humanity & Inclusion 255-person team promotes and advocates for the rights of survivors of landmines and other people with disabilities. The organization provides technical support to Afghan authorities and other key stakeholders, contributing a more inclusive society and enhancing access to medical and other basic services.
At its rehabilitation center in Kandahar, Humanity & Inclusion specialists provide physical therapy services, including a workshop for manufacturing artificial limbs and orthopedic braces.
The Afghan team has provided support to the Ministry of Public Health's health facilities linked with the Basic Package of Health Services in rural communities in Herat to develop activities on Mine Risk Education and provide rehabilitation services. In Kandahar, Humanity & Inclusion has trained medical personnel.
The team provides community-based psychosocial support and emergency home-based rehabilitation services in key districts.
Our Past Work
Humanity & Inclusion has been in Afghanistan since 1987, fostering an inclusive culture for all people, including people with disabilities and survivors of conflict. Over time, we have evolved our work to meet the dynamic needs of the communities where we serve.
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Community-Based Risk Education
Over its 20 years of work in Kandahar, Humanity & Inclusion has established a network of more than 400 active community volunteers who are engaged in community-based risk education activities, including referring community members for rehabilitation care.