The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF0) are calling on Afghanistan to immediately establish a “humanitarian air bridge” to allow uninterrupted delivery of medicines and other aid supplies, according to reports.. The two agencies said in a statement on Sunday that they are “committed to living and delivering for the people of Afghanistan.”
Bothe agencies said the main focus in recent days on the evacuation of foreigners and vulnerable Afghans, “the enormous humanitarian needs facing the majority of the population should not be neglected.” He said, even before the Taliban’s recent takeover of Afghanistan, the country was in need of the world’s third-largest humanitarian operation, with more than 18 million people in need of help. He also noted that other humanitarian agencies face similar problems.
Meanwhile, the WHO has also warned about the state of health care in Afghanistan, where the conflict has left countless people vulnerable to hunger and disease. According to the Voice of America report, the WHO has said that a third of the population is experiencing acute hunger and more than half of children under the age of five are malnourished. It further added that the current drought situation is likely to worsen the already dire situation.