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Afghanistan

In the end of 2021, more than three million people were internally displaced in Afghanistan because of conflicts, droughts, or deportations from Pakistan and Iran. The forced change of government in August 2021, the following banking crisis, as well as the Covid-19 measures have further increased the risk of poverty, family separation and exploitation of girls and boys. Terre des hommes (Tdh) provides humanitarian assistance and protection to these highly vulnerable children and families who often do not have access to basic services needed for proper hygiene, education, and health.

What we do

Mother and child health

Many displaced persons live in unofficial camps in Kabul. Pregnant women, mothers of newborn babies and children are given regular medical check-ups by qualified local midwives who are trained and managed by Tdh. Through prevention sessions, women and children are informed about the positive effects of vaccinations and are made aware of antenatal and postnatal cares and hygiene measures including Covid-19 awareness raising.

Child protection

Tdh is supporting families displaced within Afghanistan but also returning from Pakistan and Iran. These families find themselves isolated, cut off from their communities, often living in extreme poverty. Children are out of school, exposed to child labour and early marriage. We work in communities to provide protection services through psychological and social support activities, educational sessions for children and awareness raising on child rights, child protection for adults as well as emergency assistance.

The protection and counselling support Heela and her family got from the social worker is priceless, as they now live together peacefully and she has developed a life more in line with the one of a little girl’s.

Heela*, 'returnee', got back her childhood

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Terre des hommes in Afghanistan

Beneficiaries 2021

 

136,811 people

Expatriate staff /National staff

 

2 / 166

Budget 2021

 

CHF 2,535,000

 

 

 

Where we work

Supported by

Timeline

1995
Tdh begins working in Afghanistan by launching a project assisting street children.
1996
Midwives begin making home visits as part of a project launched in Kabul and extended to other cities.
2003
A child rights consortium is formed with four national and international NGOs.

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Related publications

Annual report 2021
Courage N° 75: Afghanistan - Giving life in the midst of chaos
Thematic Policy - Mother and Child Health
Making a positive impact for children - MENA Annual Report 2020
Improved Mother and Child Health for Conflict-Affected Populations in Kabul

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