The World Health Organization (WHO) has sounded the alarm on the dire state of healthcare in Afghanistan, with an estimated 17.6 million citizens in need of life-saving humanitarian health assistance in 2023.
“In 2023, 17.6M Afghans are estimated to be in need of life-saving humanitarian health assistance,” WHO Afghanistan tweeted on Tuesday. “We are immensely grateful to our partners for their unwavering support in providing essential health services to the people of Afghanistan,” the organization added.
This comes in the wake of the collapse of the country’s health system following the Taliban’s takeover in August 2021, which has left many health centers lacking in medicine, equipment, and personnel.
With poverty and hunger also on the rise, the situation is becoming increasingly dire as the UN has already said that more than 28 million people in Afghanistan need humanitarian assistance.