Save the Children restarted its life-saving services in Afghanistan’s southern city of Kandahar today. The agency said it had carried out thorough security checks to ensure that both male and female staff would safely be able to return to work delivering essential health and nutrition services for children.

With millions of Afghans on the brink of starvation, services like ours can mean the difference between life or death for many children. It is reassuring that we can get back to work providing children and their families in Kandahar with our life-saving health and nutrition services, and we hope to resume operations in other parts of the country as soon as we can.

Chris Nyamandi Country Director of Afghanistan for Save the Children

Mobile health team in action

Save the Children’s mobile health team in Kandahar provides essential health and nutrition services for children and their families in rural areas, including treatment for malnutrition and vital immunisation services to protect children from infection and disease. Since the start of the year, Save the Children has reached more than 146,000 people in Kandahar, including more than 35,600 children, with its life-saving services. 

Save the Children is an independent, impartial, and politically neutral organisation that has worked in Afghanistan since 1976, providing health, education, child protection, nutrition, and livelihoods services. The organisation reached over 1.6 million Afghans in 2020.  

The need cannot be overstated. As we speak, thousands of displaced families are sleeping outside in the open without food or medical care. It’s essential that we reach them as soon as possible.

Chris Nyamandi

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