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Afghanistan is devastated by 40 years of war and is one of the most heavily polluted countries with explosive remnants. Basic services like health and education are insufficient.

Young boy wearing all green holds on to two blue parallel bars as a man wearing a white medical coat stands behind him.

Sayed learns to walk again thanks to his prosthesis and physiotherapist at the Kandahar rehabilitation center. | © Jaweed Tanveer / HI

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Humanity & Inclusion has been active in Afghanistan since 1987. In 1996, HI built a rehabilitation center in Kandahar for people with disabilities, including landmine survivors. The center provides physical therapy services — including a workshop for manufacturing artificial limbs and braces.

HI is a strong actor in promoting and advocating for the rights of survivors of landmines and other people with disabilities as a whole and provides technical support to key stakeholders, contributing to a better acceptance and integration of them in society and enhancing their access to medical and other basic services.

HI has activities on mine risk dducation, provides rehabilitation services and supports local 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.

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Earthquakes in Afghanistan: HI has helped more than 900 people, but the needs are still great
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Emergency Rehabilitation

Earthquakes in Afghanistan: HI has helped more than 900 people, but the needs are still great

More than 74,000 people were affected by the powerful earthquakes that struck Afghanistan's Herat Province in early October. Humanity & Inclusion and its partners have been providing assistance to the victims.

Two powerful earthquakes in four days: 12,000 people affected in Afghanistan
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Emergency Rehabilitation

Two powerful earthquakes in four days: 12,000 people affected in Afghanistan

On October 7 and 11, two 6.3 magnitude earthquakes hit Afghanistan’s Herat province. Humanity & Inclusion has been working in the country since 1987 and is now working alongside its partners to help the survivors.

Rehabilitation center serves civilians with conflict-related injuries
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Rehabilitation center serves civilians with conflict-related injuries

Irshadullah is one of the countless civilian victims of violence in Afghanistan. As is too often the case, his injury left him with a permanent disability. Humanity & Inclusion was there to help him start over.


Map of Humanity & Inclusion's interventions in Afghanistan

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 aid is largely suspended since the Taliban's takeover.

The Taliban 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 faces 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 people were 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

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