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Ongoing Aid to Afghanistan—Women and Children First

  • March 31, 2008

In conflict situations, such as the ongoing violence in Afghanistan, fewer and fewer resources have been available to provide for the health and welfare of women and children. To address this issue, AmeriCares recently sent a shipment of medical aid weighing nearly eight tons and valued at over $5.2 million to support the ever-growing health care and medical needs of this vulnerable population.

“There is an increasing need to support the health care issues of women and children in Afghanistan, many of whom still suffer from the legacy of the ongoing conflict,” says Jim O’Brien, AmeriCares Manager of Eurasia and Middle East Partnerships. “Without these medicines and supplies from AmeriCares, many of the most vulnerable populations would go without the care they need.”

The shipment includes medicines and medical supplies, including antibiotics, antifungals, neonatal supplies, prenatal vitamins, general medical supplies, as well as toys and children’s books. Our partners on the ground, Help the Afghan Children, will distribute our donation to clinics and hospitals through their sister organization, Afghan Health Development Services.

Since 2002, AmeriCares has sent 230 tons of medicines and aid valued at over $28 million to aid the people of Afghanistan.