Afghanistan is devastated by forty years of war. It is one of most heavily polluted countries with explosive remnants of war. Basic services like health and education are insufficient. For the last sevral months, the population has also been facing a deep food crisis.
Sayed learns to walk again thanks to his prosthesis and physiotherapist at the Kandahar rehabilitation center. | © Jaweed Tanveer / HI
HI has been active in Afghanistan since 1987. In 1996, HI built a rehabilitation center in Kandahar for people with disabilities, including landmine victims. The center provides physical therapy services - including a workshop for manufacturing prostheses and orthoses.
HI is a strong actor promoting and advocating for the rights of survivors of landmines and other people with disabilities as a whole and provides technical support to Afghan authorities and other key stakeholders, contributing to a better acceptance and integration of them in the society and enhancing their access to medical and other basic services.
HI has activities on Mine Risk Education, provides rehabilitation services, trains the local personnel of the Ministry of Health and supports to the health facilities. HI assists in improving the quality of rehabilitation service by developing a curriculum and training courses for physical therapy professionals based on recognized international standards. Finally, HI also provides community-based Psychosocial Support (PSS) and emergency home-based rehabilitation services in key districts.
Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world and has been devastated by 40 years of war, natural disasters, chronic poverty and food insecurity. But international aids is largely suspended since Talibans takeover.
Talibans toppled the former government and took over the country in September 2021. Since then, the country is on the edge of economic bankruptcy. The World Food Program warned that half of Afghanistan's population face acute hunger as humanitarian needs grow to record levels.
There are 2.6 million registered Afghan refugees in the world, of whom 2.2 million are registered in Iran and Pakistan, according to the United Nations Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. 3.5 million were people displaced by the conflict in Afghanistan - of whom 700,000 were displaced during the year 2021 – face acute and growing humanitarian needs (UNHCR).
Number of HI staff members: 255
Date the program launched: 1987