The Australian government on Tuesday contributed $2.2 million USD to UNICEF’s humanitarian response in Afghanistan – to help fund critical child protection, health, nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene activities for displaced and returnee children and women.
The one year contribution was made through Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
In a statement issued by UNICEF, the organization said Australia’s funding will provide ready-to-use therapeutic foods to treat severe acute malnutrition, and supply water, sanitation and hygiene services to prevent the spread of disease among internally displaced people, returnees and their host communities.
With over nine million people in Afghanistan having limited or no access to essential health and basic education services, Australia’s contribution will fund mobile health teams to provide basic health services to communities on the move, which are currently unserved or underserved by existing health facilities.
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