UN: $449 million needed to provide health services to 15 million people in Afghanistan

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Afghanistan has said that multiple shocks are driving Afghanistan’s health needs, this year $449.9 million is required to assist 15.6 million people with essential health care services in Afghanistan.

“Multiple shocks are driving Afghanistan’s health needs. Failure to invest in life-saving health services will lead to increased mortality & morbidity among the most vulnerable.” UNOCHA tweeted on Thursday adding that, “This year, $449.9M is required to assist 15.6M people with essential health care services.”

In a report in December 2022, UNOCHA stated that Afghanistan is still facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.

According to the UN humanitarian office, around 28.3 million people in Afghanistan will need humanitarian and protection assistance in 2023 which is up from 24.4 million in 2022 and 18.4 million at the beginning of 2021.

To address this crisis, OCHA said, humanitarian partners have considered and prioritized helping 23.7 million people in the country which itself requires US$4.62 billion.