Afghanistan Humanitarian Emergency

A midwife performs a check-up on a baby.
UNFPA Afghanistan/Sahar Jahish

Afghanistan is one of the world’s most complex humanitarian emergencies, characterised by escalating conflict, displacing over one million people. In 2018, 3.3 million people will need life-saving assistance. Maternal mortality in Afghanistan is among the highest in the region. Recent assessments indicate that more than a third of children have been exposed to psychological distress due to loss of family and community members, and the constant risk of death and injury. UNFPA, in line with Ministry of Public Health have prioritized the service delivery of reproductive , maternal, neonatal and child health, and family planning in remote and hard to reach areas. Family Health Houses have been established and midwives trained to provide reproductive health services to the population through community-based health initiatives. In 2017, almost 20,000 pregnant women were provided with antenatal care, and 112,000 internally displaced people, returnees and host communities were provided with reproductive health care services. UNFPA will continue to lead the gender-based violence sub-cluster and co-chair the sexual and reproductive health group / Minimum Initial Service Package of the Health cluster.

Country Population: 32.5 mil
Level of Crisis:
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Humanitarian needs

3.30 million
1.14 million
Last updated on - 01 Septembre 2018
UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein

Humanitarian funding

Resources in $

Key results2017

  • People Reached
    Total people reached with all types of SRH services
    People reached with Dignity Kits
    Total people reached with all types of GBV services
    UNFPA-assisted safe deliveries
    Affected population who directly benefited from all types of emergency RH kits
  • Services delivered
    Nombre de cliniques mobiles
    Functional health facilities supported by UNFPA that provide Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC)
    Nombre d'espaces sécurisés
    Nombre de points de prestation de services assurant la gestion clinique du viol
    Maternity health facilities/tents/homes operationalized with UNFPA support
    Dignity Kits distributed
  • Capacity building
    Youth facilitators and volunteers trained on sexual and reproductive health
    Personnel trained on Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care
    Personnel trained on Minimum Initial Package (MISP)
    Personnel trained on clinical management of rape

Emergencies updates and resources

  • Results data are reported and updated as they become available.
  • - Targets and UNFPA's populations of concern, including women of reproductive age and pregnant women, are estimated using the MISP calculator.
  • - Funding estimates are based on country planning processes, including inter-agency humanitarian response plans and regional refugee and resilience plans.
  • L1: Humanitarian crises in which the national and international resources available in the affected country are sufficient for the required response.
  • L2: Humanitarian crises requiring significant support from neighbouring countries, regional organizations and possibly humanitarian agency headquarters.
  • L3: Major, sudden-onset humanitarian crises requiring mobilization across the humanitarian system.
  • Crisis levels are determined by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, a forum of UN and non-UN humanitarian partners.