WHO dispatches emergency supplies from Dubai to Afghanistan

Unexpected emergency kits for pores and skin grafts and standard bone medical procedures are portion of 24.5 tonnes of healthcare aid currently being despatched by the Environment Health and fitness Organisation from its logistics hub in Dubai on Tuesday to help victims of the earthquake in Afghanistan.

The $330,000 truly worth of support was loaded on to lorries at WHO warehouses in Dubai’s Global Humanitarian Metropolis (IHC) on Monday and was then flown to Kabul on Tuesday evening.

From there, it will be dispersed to aid folks in the jap provinces of Khost and Paktika where by a 6.1-magnitude earthquake last Wednesday killed extra than 1,000, wounded at minimum 1,400 and still left thousands homeless.

“Studies show that this is the deadliest earthquake in two decades, further more compounding the alarming humanitarian circumstance in Afghanistan,” said Giuseppe Saba, main executive of IHC. “The IHC, below the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is accelerating the quick reaction of the worldwide humanitarian community as it rallies to come to the assist of individuals impacted by the disaster.”

It involves non-communicable disease (NCD) kits and testing equipment for cholera, the most likely lethal gastrointestinal an infection that officials fear could distribute speedily amid a absence of risk-free water supplies and proper sanitation.

“We are in co-ordination moment-by-moment with our group in Afghanistan, who are the types who requested the items. As soon as the merchandise have arrived … the charter will be offloaded right away and lorries will be prepared to consider the different provides to clinics and hospitals in Afghanistan,” Nivien Attalla, operational supervisor of the WHO Logistics Hub in Dubai, advised The National as the help was staying loaded.

This is the WHO’s initially cargo from Dubai for the earthquake victims, but only a little portion of the worldwide aid initiatives carried out by the UN agency and the IHC.

“Last yr we shipped to 129 international locations, which usually means we’re a international responder,” Ms Attalla said. “Most of the shipments go to the EMRO location — that is, Afghanistan, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, Pakistan and Somalia, which are amongst the top rated nations around the world we are responding to.”

Tuesday’s cargo of help is most likely to be adopted by far more, Mr Saba stated.

“Once a total assessment of the problem is finished, all people appreciates there’ll be a 2nd wave of humanitarian aid that will be moved,” he stated.

Afghanistan is at this time the IHC’s variety a single precedence, Mr Saba mentioned.

“Many organisations that we host in IHC are doing work all around the clock to mobilise resources, and we are co-ordinating with them to provide all the needed aid to transport reduction from our warehouses into Afghanistan. Time is of the essence, and Dubai and the UAE’s management consider a swift reaction a humanitarian responsibility to save life.”

“As of today, Afghanistan is the initial nation which is remaining served by the IHC group, when the next 1 is Yemen and then quantity 3, we have the essential condition in Europe with the Ukraine crisis,” he stated.

In a year, the IHC sends out about 1,000 to 1,300 shipments.

Giuseppe Saba, chief executive of Dubai's International Humanitarian City, at the WHO warehouse. Suhail Akram / The National

“As of nowadays we’re virtually at 400 shipments by means of IHC [this year]”, Mr Saba said.

“IHC is the premier humanitarian hub in the world with 80 distinct organisations.”

Apart from WHO, many others include the Globe Meals Programme, the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) and Unicef (United Nations Kid’s Fund), Mr Saba stated.

Last week, the UAE sent food items, aid and medical provides to Afghanistan after President Sheikh Mohamed requested an air bridge to be set up for the reduction energy.

A medical workforce and discipline clinic were being also despatched to south-east Afghanistan, state information company Wam described.

Afghanistan is also suffering from an financial crisis, a drought reducing crop yields and a food items disaster manufactured worse by the Russian war in Ukraine, which has hit wheat exports throughout the earth.

These difficulties, as properly as the recent earthquake, have taken their toll on Afghans who have been having difficulties to find positions and make ends meet up with by a long time of conflict.

Speaking to the Intercontinental Committee of the Pink Cross (ICRC), unemployed lorry driver Ahmad Siar reported: “I am always contemplating about how to guidance my relatives of six youngsters. This is not only about me but all Afghans.”

“Despite these difficulties, we have to be hopeful,” he reported.

Up-to-date: June 29, 2022, 9:17 AM

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