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EU donates 100 tonnes of medical aid to Afghanistan amid healthcare crisis

The European Union (EU) has recently donated nearly 100 tonnes of medical items and medicines to Afghanistan.

The EU said in a tweet on Wednesday that access to medication and medical treatment will save vulnerable lives across the country while the humanitarian crisis continues to threaten over two-thirds of the population, approximately 28.8 million people.

Raffaella Lodice, Chargée d’Affaires of the European Union to Afghanistan welcomed the recent delivery of medical packages, saying the humanitarian aid was made possible with the assistance of EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid.

Following the Taliban takeover in August 2021, healthcare is on the brink of collapse in Afghanistan due to economic crises, natural catastrophes, and a dearth of international aid that has been significantly affected by widespread Taliban bans on women and girls.

The halt in the flow of aid in financial assets and an international funding shortfall has hindered the urgent humanitarian response necessary to prevent further deterioration of the humanitarian situation and ensure that vulnerable communities receive life-saving aid.

Humanitarian organizations estimate that $2.26 billion is needed until December 2023 to provide essential multi-sectoral assistance to 20 million people.