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The ICRC in Afghanistan: facts and figures for 2003

02-06-2004 Operational Update

The ICRC has been continuously present in Afghanistan for 18 years, seeking to protect and assist the victims of the many armed conflicts that have devastated the country. Overview of activities in 2003.


  •  Regular visits to people deprived of their freedom:   in 2003 some 2,000 detainees were visited, in some 60 places of detention.  

  •  Keeping families in touch:   in 2003 almost 20,000 Red Cross Messages were distributed and collected with the assistance of the Afghan Red Crescent Society.  

  •  Health care:   regular support is given to ten hospitals throughout the country, including medical and non-medical supplies, repairs and staff training. In 2003 these health facilities provided care to over 460,000 people and performed up to 38,000 operations.  

  •  Safe water:   ICRC helps ensure clean drinking water by drilling wells, repairing pumps and reconstructing electrical supply; it also constructs household latrines and repairs sewage systems. In 2003 one and a quarter million people were helped by these water and sanitation activities and some 80,000 people benefited from the construction of over 7,000 latrines.  

  •  Help for the disabled:  six ICRC-supported orthopaedic centres operate in Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif, Herat, Gulbahar, Faizabad and Jalalabad. In 2003 over 5,000 patients were registered and assisted.  

  •  Unexploded weaponry:   mine awareness sessions are given throughout the country. In 2003 more than 210,000 people received mine-awareness training in some 3,900 villages.  

  •  Respect for the law:   dissemination sessions on international humanitarian law are held for members of the armed forces, police and national security countrywide.  

  •  Supporting local partners:   the ICRC, as part of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, assists the Afghan Red Crescent technically and financially so as to increase its capacity to respond to people in need.  

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