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Coronavirus response: Afghanistan

Working to protect vulnerable communities from the virus.

We’ve been standing together with communities in Afghanistan for more than 30 years. We support people to find work, promote gender equality, build peace and respond to emergencies as they arise.

The impact of coronavirus

Afghanistan is a highly fragile country, deeply divided by insecurity, violence and war.

Since January 2020, over 200,000 Afghan refugees have returned to the country from Iran, which has been badly hit by the pandemic.

There are currently lockdowns in six areas of Afghanistan, including Herat city and Kabul. As of 30 April, there have been almost 2,000 confirmed cases and 61 people have died.

Our immediate response

We’re focusing our work on communities who are particularly hard to reach. We are working with local partners across Afghanistan to support people to stay safe and to access reliable information about coronavirus.

Through our regular radio programme in Herat province, we’re raising awareness of coronavirus and advising people to stay at home. 

In Kabul and eastern Afghanistan, we have been sharing health information in mosques, informal settlements and communities. We have provided hygiene kits, containing life-saving soap, to 1,400 people. We’ve also led awareness-raising sessions and provided hand sanitisers for 600 displaced women.   

In Badghis, the risk of coronavirus in crowded displacement camps is very high. We have provided cash to 300 families who have been displaced by violence and drought, to help them return home.   

We’re also working with 450 human rights advocates in Herat and Badghis to ensure that health messaging is embedded in our community development work.  

Find out more about our response being funded by the UK Government

Love unites us all

It is at times like these – testing times – that we recognise we are all in this together. Coronavirus impacts all of us, but love unites us all.

We urgently need your help to support our response to the coronavirus pandemic. Please give what you can today.

Donate to our Coronavirus Emergency Appeal