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Activities in Afghanistan, facts & figures, 31.08.02

31-08-2002 Operational Update


  1. Emergency Relief:    

Since the beginning of the current year, the ICRC has distributed more than 40'000 MT of food and non-food as well as 2'350 MT of seeds and fertilisers to around 1.5 million beneficiaries. A partial regional break down is as follows: Ghor to 55'067 families and Northern Region to 52'891 families (to become 80'219 families by the time the current distribution programme is completed). In the Bamyan region some 1'840 families benefited from various Cash for Work projects, notably through the rehabilitation of Darwaza dam, in the same area, 10'000 out of a targeted 25'000 farm animals were treated against endo and ecto-parasites.

Other assistance programmes provided material help to some 320 disadvantaged students while 1'000 tents, 40'000 blankets and 14'000 jerrycans were handed over to the UNHCR for distribution among the returnee population.

  2. Protection:    

From the beginning of the year until the end of August, ICRC delegates visited 6'189 security detainees and prisoners held in 78 places of detention either under the responsibility of the Afghan authorities or of those attached to the US forces. Of that number, 2'399 people were seen for the first time and registered. The total figure includes those persons who were transferred to Guantanamo Bay (about 590).

Assistance was provided to 3'043 released detainees to help them return to their homes.

in collaboration with the Afghan Red Crescent Society, 16'434 Red Cross Messages were handled, of which 8'386 were from or to detainees.

  3. Health:    

The ICRC continues to provide regular assistance to seven hospitals throughout the country (Kandahar, Ghazni, Gulbahar, Jalalabad, Bamyan and two in Kabul). This assistance consists of medicine, medical instruments and some nonmedical items such as fuel for generators, soap... Through delegated projects implemented by Japanese and Finnish national society, an additional four hospitals receive regular assistance including ongoing infrastructure upgrading programmes, provision of medical equipment, staff training...

In July 2002, eleven additional health facilities received ICRC assistance (medical supplies). By the end of the month of July, these health facilities provided health service to over 6'000 inpatients and over 38'600 outpatients and performed 3'750 operations.

  4. Orthopaedic Centres:    

The ICRC runs six orthopaedic centres throughout Afghanistan serving mine victims as well as people suffering from polio, spinal injuries, cerebral palsy... Since 1988, over 51'400 patients (including some 26'891 amputees) were attended to. Approximately 80 % of the amputees were mine victims of whom approximately 70 % were civilian. Between January 2002 a nd July, 3'774 patients were received.

Since 1999, a total of 1'590 orthopaedic centre patients benefited from micro credit support to help them start up small businesses. This year alone, 138 such patients received a micro credit.

In 2001, 69 patients aged 17-35 received vocational training and 622 school aged patients were supported to allow them to continue their studies either at school or at home. Since January 2002, 43 patients registered for vocational training while 288 children enrolled for schooling. Also, since 1996, 443 patients of the Kabul orthopaedic centre were assisted to help them find employment.

  5. Mine Action:    

475 mine awareness sessions were held in 268 different locations in Bamyan, Kabul, Parwan, Logar and Jalalabad for approximately 7'578 adults and 12'631 children.

  6. Co-operation with the Afghan Red Crescent Society:    

The ARCS, helped by both the ICRC and the Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies, supported 417 people in five institutions for destitute persons (Marastoons) and managed Food for Work programmes that benefited over 8'000 people. The ARCS is also running a large number of vocational training programmes, over 450 nationally.