Addressing Emergency Care in Afghanistan
After fighting broke out in the rural district of Chark-Logar, Salim and his family were forced to flee their home. During the firefight, Salim was shot in the stomach. It took Salim two hours until he reached a first aid post. Salim's story is not unusual in today's Afghanistan, where the already overwhelmed health facilities are often unable to absorb the burden. The Ministry of Health, with support from the Health Cluster, led by WHO, is struggling to rebuild a health system badly damaged after years of conflict.
Of the more than 700 Health Cluster partners worldwide, over 50% are national or local organizations. The whole humanitarian sector is prioritizing the need to localize services – to the Health Cluster this means strengthening existing health systems within countries, rather than operating parallel systems which could undermine national provision. Successfully empowering the work of national and local actors will deliver better care, more flexibly and more sustainably, whilst reaching more people.
United in responding to famine
Over 61 million people, including children like Nyubol, in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and Yemen are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. People in these eight countries are grappling with food shortages and acute malnutrition – a deadly combination that weakens their immune system and increases their susceptibility to diseases like cholera and measles. Health Cluster partners are actively responding to this humanitarian crisis.