In the heart of the Faryab province of Afghanistan, chaos has broken loose. The COVID-19 pandemic has been rapidly spreading throughout the region. Originally one of the most dangerous places in Afghanistan, recent development projects in the province have focused on expanding its agricultural potential, in particular the re-forestation of areas that were denuded in the recent past. However, many of these initiatives have come to a standstill as havoc has taken back control…
All around the world and increasingly in Asian countries, COVID-19 has become a nationwide challenge for Afghanistan. Decades of war have had a heavy impact on a health system that is now unable to contain or adequately monitor the spread of the virus. The Afghan government recently released figures stating that there were over 35’000 confirmed cases and approximately 1'200 deaths attributed to the disease.
The mismanagement of funds has been a huge issue across the government, but in particular at the moment in the Health Ministry due to the extra resources that have been recently allocated to tackle Covid-19. An official proclaimed that the ministry has never managed this amount of money in the past, which means that it is even harder to put an efficient oversight process in place.
Meanwhile, the violence in the country continues, with an increase in Taliban attacks and targeted killings by unknown militants in the capital Kabul. The full impact of COVID-19 on Afghanistan remains to be seen, but how well the country copes depends on a large extent to the ongoing support of its partners and the broader global community.
Katarina will answer this call, by direct invitation, to support the region in these perilous times. The team members will travel to Faryab’s capital city of Maïmana equipped with the necessary resources to make the positive impact needed.
The Swiss medical technology startup has partnered with PHYSIS Foundation
to aid this two week long mission to help as many affected lives as possible in this area. More information will follow on this situation as the team prepares for their imminent departure, the whole organisation can only hope that its intervention will prove successful and that it is not too late to help this community in need.