Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programmes
Barely a quarter of Afghanistan’s population is estimated to have access to sanitation facilities—a reality that creates fertile ground for outbreaks of disease. International Medical Corps provides WASH services to internally displaced persons, returnees, host communities and refugees in Balkh, Faryab, Kunar, Laghman, Nangarhar, Paktika and Sare-Pul provinces. In 2022, International Medical Corps constructed 15 community-based solar-powered water supply systems, and rehabilitated five water supply systems and 106 community-based boreholes and wells, delivering clean water to 68,990 people. We also provided 8,075 people with access to hygienic latrines by rehabilitating or constructing 25 flush toilets near schools, health facilities and communities. Our teams distributed 11,245 hygiene kits and 12,560 water kits to 166,635 families, provided hygiene promotion sessions to 172,608 people and distributed 71,988 soap bars and 2,100 Aqua tablets to families in need. International Medical Corps also provided 114,335 people who crossed the Torkham border with access to hygienic toilets and handwashing facilities. In 2022, we responded to a deadly earthquake in Paktika province, providing lifesaving emergency medical services through our first-aid trauma post and WASH activities. We reached 2,346 people with emergency medical services, 16,840 people with emergency WASH services, and more than 5,000 people with emergency shelter, NFIs and winterization kits.