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  • At the French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children (FMIC) in Kabul, a pathology lab technician handles patient samples. FMIC, managed by the Aga Khan University, is part of a partnership with the governments of France and Afghanistan and the French NGO La Chaîne de l’Espoir.
    AKDN / David Marshall Fox
Over 8 million in Afghanistan to benefit from pandemic aid

Kabul, Afghanistan, 26 January 2021 - Three projects implemented in Afghanistan by the World Health Organization, UNICEF and a consortium led by the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) will contribute to strengthening the response capacity of health systems, testing and treating patients, improving infection prevention, raising awareness and reducing nutritional risks. The three projects will be supported by a 35 million euros grant from the European Union (EU).

EU Ambassador Andreas Von Brandt said, "The pandemic has exacerbated an already grim situation in Afghanistan, creating even bigger needs in a country for decades plagued by war. Together with partners and in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan, the EU’s contribution aims to support those who suffer the most from this crisis. The three projects launched today will contribute to this further."

"With the support of the EU,” said Ambassador Sheherazade Hirji, Aga Khan Development Network Diplomatic Representative in Afghanistan, “the Aga Khan Foundation-led consortium with Cordaid will reach 8.4 million direct and indirect beneficiaries in 16 provinces."

AKF and its partner AKDN agencies will implement activities in Badakhshan, Takhar, Kunduz, Baghlan, Bamyan, Samangan, Daikundi and Parwan provinces. Cordaid, AKF’s partner in this project, will implement efforts in Kabul and Herat, and through its local partners in Balkh, Nangarhar, Ghazni, Nimroz, Kandahar and Paktya provinces. The consortium will reach 8.4 million direct and indirect beneficiaries, including 4.3 million male and 4.1 million female beneficiaries, including children.

The Aga Khan-led consortium and UNICEF will also implement programmes designed to mitigate the vulnerability of women, children and teenagers to various forms of gender-based violence, including domestic violence. 

AKDN’s Covid-19 response builds on the vision of strengthening the long-term capacity of the health care system in Afghanistan. Since 2001, AKDN has been a key strategic partner of the Ministry of Public Health in Afghanistan and worked in health human resource development, primary and secondary health care, disease prevention and health promotion, and in e-health.

For further information please contact:

Sam Pickens
Aga Khan Development Network
info@akdn.org

Michael Nordenberg
Press and Information Officer
EU Delegation to Afghanistan
Michael.NORDENBERG@eeas.europa.eu
+93 795 935 192