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The ICRC in Afghanistan

The ICRC protects detainees and helps them maintain contact with their families; monitors the conduct of hostilities and acts to prevent IHL violations; assists the wounded and disabled; supports hospital care; improves water and sanitation services; promotes IHL; and supports the Afghan Red Crescent. Read full overview



Shocking rise in civilian casualties

Operational Update by 14/03The horrific bombing in Paktika on 15 July, which killed dozens of people – including women and children – and injured many more, is yet another sign of a grim upsurge of civilian casualties in Afghanistan. > Read full story

Facts and Figures

Between April and June 2014, the ICRC:

  • carried out 29 visits in 22 places of detention holding 18,178 detainees;
  • collected, with the support of the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS), over 1,200 Red Cross messages and distributed 899, mostly to detainees and their families;
  • continued support to Mirwais and Sheberghan hospitals which admitted 10,698 patients in their surgical, medical and obstetrics and gynaecology wards. A total of 61,213 outpatients attended these clinics and more than 3,340 surgical operations were performed;
  • conducted first aid training for some 640 arms carriers (including the armed opposition), medical personnel and taxi drivers engaged in bringing the wounded to health facilities from the front lines. More than 380 other people were trained by First Aid instructors previously trained by the ICRC;
  • supported 87 para-veterinarians from local communities in the southern and central regions to de-worm and treat 460,000 livestock against different diseases in order to improve the animals’ health and productivity;
  • improved water supplies and sanitary conditions for 5,000 detainees in seven places of detention;
  • continued support for 48 ARCS clinics which held outpatient consultations for more than 172,600 patients and administered over 89,700 doses of vaccine for routine childhood diseases and polio.

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