WHO / AFGHANISTAN MEDICAL SUPPLIES

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Afghanistan’s health system is on the brink of collapse. Unless urgent action is taken, the country faces an imminent humanitarian catastrophe. Since 30 August, WHO has dispatched 170 metric tonnes of life-saving medical supplies on eight flights, with the support of Qatar, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, and the World Food Programme. WHO

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DATELINE: 8-20 SEPTEMBER 2021, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

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14 SEPTEMBER 2021, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

1. Various shots, WHO medical supplies being unloaded from a plane in Kabul airport

20 SEPTEMBER 2021, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

2. Various shots, boxes of medical supplies provided by WHO stored outside of the Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan National Hospital
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, in WHO’s warehouse in Kabul:
“Seven shipments with an amount of 140 tonnes that will definitely serve the health care system here in Afghanistan and will serve the people of Afghanistan in promoting health and saving lives.”

8 SEPTEMBER 2021, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

4. Various shots, WHO health medical being loaded on a truck
5. Various shots, truck delivering WHO medical supplies to the Dasht-e-Barchi hospital and Muhammad Ali Jinnah Hospital
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Rick Brennan, WHO Regional Emergencies Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, in WHO’s warehouse in Kabul:
“One of the biggest challenges of the recent crisis here in Afghanistan has been the lack of medical supplies and equipment, and WHO in the last couple of weeks has brought in close 140 metric tonnes of urgently needed lifesaving supplies, including these essential health kits for hospitals and clinics, the trauma kits, which provide supplies for 50 trauma patients and up to 100 surgical procedures. And of course, COVID is a huge problem here still, and we're bringing in COVID supplies as well as pneumonia kits and so on.”
7. Various shots, WHO medical supplies being stored inside the Muhammad Ali Jinnah Hospital
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Rick Brennan, WHO Regional Emergencies Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, in WHO’s warehouse in Kabul:
“These supplies and the equipment that's come with them will fill an enormous gap across the prioritized hospitals and clinics in almost every province across the country, and we expect more supplies to be coming in the next few days.”

12 SEPTEMBER 2021, JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN

9. Various shots, van delivering medical supplies from a WHO air shipment that arrived in Mazar-i-Sharif to the Nangarhar Regional Specialization Hospital
10. Various shots, van delivering medical supplies from a WHO air shipment that arrived in Mazar-i-Sharif to the HealthNet TPO Main Pharmacy
11. Various shots, WHO medical supplies stored in various health facilities

STORYLINE:

Afghanistan’s health system is on the brink of collapse. Unless urgent action is taken, the country faces an imminent humanitarian catastrophe. Since 30 August, WHO has dispatched 170 metric tonnes of life-saving medical supplies on eight flights, with the support of Qatar, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, and the World Food Programme.

By 20 September, 140 metric tonnes of these supplies had reached the country.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, in WHO’s warehouse in Kabul:
“Seven shipments with an amount of 140 tonnes that will definitely serve the health care system here in Afghanistan and will serve the people of Afghanistan in promoting health and saving lives.”

The ability of humanitarian agencies to bring supplies into Afghanistan was severely disrupted in mid-August.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Rick Brennan, WHO Regional Emergencies Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, in WHO’s warehouse in Kabul:
“One of the biggest challenges of the recent crisis here in Afghanistan has been the lack of medical supplies and equipment, and WHO in the last couple of weeks has brought in close 140 metric tonnes of urgently needed lifesaving supplies, including these essential health kits for hospitals and clinics, the trauma kits, which provide supplies for 50 trauma patients and up to 100 surgical procedures. And of course, COVID is a huge problem here still, and we're bringing in COVID supplies as well as pneumonia kits and so on.”

With the help of Pakistani authorities and the World Food Programme, WHO was able to bring supplies into the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif beginning on August 30. Three flights carrying trauma kits and emergency health kits landed in Mazar-i-Sharif airport to be delivered to 29 provinces across Afghanistan.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Rick Brennan, WHO Regional Emergencies Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, in WHO’s warehouse in Kabul:
“These supplies and the equipment that's come with them will fill an enormous gap across the prioritized hospitals and clinics in almost every province across the country, and we expect more supplies to be coming in the next few days.”

Since the reopening of Kabul’s airport on 15 September, with support from Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, more flights have landed in Afghanistan carrying life-saving medical and trauma supplies from WHO that will help cover urgent health needs of millions of people across the country.
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