Emergency response: essential kits for Afghanistan
Amsterdam, 6 September 2021 - A deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan means that an estimated 18 million people are currently in need of aid. Working closely with our customers, IDA Foundation is focusing on delivering emergency response to the region. In July, we already supplied 228 pallets of Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHK) to Afghanistan for WHO. As the situation in Afghanistan deteriorated much faster than predicted, more medical goods and essential supplies are desperately needed, especially in areas where internally displaced people gather, while awaiting shelter elsewhere.
This week IDA will ship another 1000 IEHK from our warehouse in Tilburg, and over 1500 IEHK from our kitting facility in Dubai have already been delivered. Aside from IEHK from Dubai, IDA also shipped 120 Pediatric Severe Acute Malnutrition (PED-SAM) kits, containing essential oral- and injectable- medication to treat young children suffering from medical complications caused by severe acute malnutrition.
Our warehouse teams are working 24/7 to make sure these essential supplies are reaching Afghanistan - and those in need- as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, the situation in Afghanistan is not expected to improve in the coming months. Aside from the current unrest, the country is also suffering from severe drought which may cause widespread food shortages and hunger, as well as the third COVID-19 wave caused by the infectious Delta variant which is putting pressure on the already weakened health care system.
At IDA, we are focusing on our readiness to support and supply to our customers with the essential medicines and medical supplies that are most needed during these crises.
For an overview of our kit portfolio visit our Kits page.
Photo credit: IDA Foundation Medical kits arrive in Afghanistan at Mazar-i-Sharif International Airport (WHO September 2021)