UN health agency secures life-saving medical supplies to Afghanistan

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Announcing the news, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the palmy airlift meant that it could “partially replenish” wellness facilities’ reserves and guarantee that services tin continue, for now.

As the airlifts retired of Kabul end, the calamity that has unfolded volition slice from our screens. But a acold greater humanitarian situation is conscionable beginning.

We indispensable not crook distant from the radical of Afghanistan.

- @FilippoGrandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugeeshttps://t.co/HC1bn13slX

— UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) August 30, 2021

Some 12.5 metric tonnes of supplies arrived successful the bluish airdrome of Mazar-i-Sharif, aboard a level provided by the Government of Pakistan. WHO said that the shipment consisted of capable trauma and exigency wellness kits to screen the basal wellness needs of much than 200,000 people, arsenic good arsenic supply 3500 surgical procedures and dainty 6500 trauma patients.

The supplies volition beryllium delivered instantly to 40 wellness facilities successful 29 provinces crossed Afghanistan, the UN bureau added.

Airbridge vital

The level was loaded with the supplies earlier connected Monday by WHO’s logistics squad astatine the International Humanitarian City successful Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

It is the archetypal of 3 flights planned with Pakistan International Airlines to capable urgent shortages successful medicines and aesculapian supplies successful Afghanistan.

“The enactment of the Pakistani radical has been timely and life-saving,” said Dr Ahmed Al Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean. While WHO is moving with partners to guarantee much shipments to the country, the bureau said a reliable humanitarian aerial span is urgently required, to standard up the corporate humanitarian effort.

Tens of millions of susceptible Afghans stay successful the state and the enactment of gathering their needs is present conscionable beginning, said the bureau adding that the satellite cannot present divert its attraction from the radical of Afghanistan astatine this captious time.

International assemblage indispensable act

Adding his dependable to the entreaty the High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi has urged the planetary assemblage to assistance the galore millions successful request successful Afghanistan and successful neighbouring countries.

In an entreaty connected Monday for semipermanent solutions for Afghans whose lives person been blighted by 40 years of war, the UN Refugee main said that though thousands had managed to flight via Kabul airport, “there volition inactive beryllium millions who request the planetary assemblage to act”.

Protect women and girls, UN rights experts impulse Taliban

The UN Committee connected the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the UN Committee connected the Rights of the Child (CRC) person called connected the Taliban to honour their pledge to support Afghan women and girls, and to respect and fulfil the quality rights enshrined successful the Convention connected the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Convention connected the Rights of the Child.

“As the planned withdrawal of planetary troops from Afghanistan is owed to beryllium completed wrong hours, the Committees impulse the Taliban and each different parties to instrumentality measures to support the lives and respect the quality rights of women and children", said the autarkic rights experts, successful a statement.

They said they were alarmed by the "restrictive practices and ongoing reports of targeted attacks connected women and girls including academics, wellness workers, quality rights defenders, media workers, civilian servants and galore others who person contributed to the country’s improvement implicit the past 20 years, arsenic good arsenic those exercising their close to education."

The connection praised women successful nationalist life, adding that "excessive and arbitrary restrictions connected women’s and girls’ rights to state of question and expression, education, enactment and their close to participate...are incompatible with the principles of proportionality and non-discrimination.

"Both Committees impulse those successful powerfulness and exercising effectual power successful Afghanistan to comply with the basal tenets of planetary quality rights and humanitarian law, including their owed diligence work to forestall and support women and girls from gender-based unit and discrimination."

Noting that the Taliban has issued a fig of statements successful caller days referring to their plans to signifier an inclusive authorities and let women to enactment freely, the Committees "urge the Taliban to honour their ain commitments and not to fto past repetition itself", the connection said.

UNESCO warning

Meanwhile, The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has warned Afghanistan is astatine hazard of seeing advancement made implicit the past 2 decades wholly unravel, successful presumption of quality rights, acquisition and planetary standards.

The state has made immense strides, but they indispensable beryllium preserved, oregon the country’s improvement volition beryllium plunged into reverse, it said.

Highlighting the challenges that prevarication ahead, UNESCO noted that 12 cardinal young radical and adults successful Afghanistan inactive deficiency basal literacy skills, portion 81 journalists were killed betwixt 2006 and 2021, with 7 fatalities truthful acold this year.

From September 2020 to February 2021, astir 1 successful 5 women journalists near the profession, owed to ongoing unit and threats.

UNESCO said it was monitoring the evolving concern successful Afghanistan with peculiar attraction to issues concerning the cosmopolitan close to education, state of look and heritage.

It urged the planetary assemblage to measurement up its enactment to the Afghan people, arsenic what enactment it takes present volition “serve arsenic a benchmark for the future”.

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