Afghanistan

Updated 22/05/2021

Decades of conflict, recurring natural hazards, and protracted and multiple displacement has affected insecurity, infrastructure decay and economic stagnation in Afghanistan.

The conflict between Afghan National Security Forces, the Taliban, and the Islamic State Khorasan Province has intensified and violent attacks and armed clashes have severely impacted civilian infrastructure, including schools, hospitals, and roads. On 29 February 2020, the Taliban and US signed a peace deal paving the way for intra-Afghan talks which began in September 2020.

2021 Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition (SHCC) Report

The SHCC identified 106 specific incidents of violence against or obstruction of health care services in Afghanistan in 2020. Health workers and hospitals continued to be affected by on-going conflict between the Afghan National Security Forces and the Taliban, and other armed groups during 2020. Health workers and hospitals also suffered targeted violent attacks by the Islamic State in Khorasan Province and other unidentified non-state armed groups.

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In 2020 health workers were killed and injured, kidnapped or arrested. Threats and hostilities between warring parties caused health facilities to suspend or partially suspend services, which deprived up to 3 million people of access to health care. The presence of improvised explosive devices prevented health workers from accessing clinics. Data.

Our Global Interactive Map on Threats and Violence against Health Care provides access to continuously updated information on violence against health care in conflict and related to COVID-19.