Over three decades of war has crippled every major institution in Afghanistan. The war still continues and civilians are caught in the conflict between the Western-backed Afghan government and other factions, including the Taliban.
civilians killed since 2009*
The UNAMA began its record-keeping for causalities in Afghanistan in 2007. Since 2009, the war has led to 60,688 civilian casualties with an average of 10 civilians were killed and 22 injured each day in 2016. The actual number may be much higher as incidents in remote areas may not be accurately recorded, if recorded at all.
Perhaps what makes this conflict more complex is not only are civilians caught in the crossfire, but there is also no air ambulance or effective ground ambulance service victims, even within Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city. Kabul has 22 districts and a population of 4.3 million, and yet, there are reportedly less than a dozen official governmental ambulances. As for poorer areas outside the nation’s capital, the number of ambulances are either nil or close to nil.
people die from RTAs per day*
Road Traffic Accidents (RTA) deaths is another big factor that claims many innocent lives. According to the latest data from the World Health Organisation (WHO), published in May 2014, deaths due to RTAs in Afghanistan is, on average, 18 persons per day.
Human Relief Mission aims to tackle this and set up HRM’s AMWO Free Emergency Ambulance Service. This is the first of its kind in the history of Afghanistan, but also allows the public to take advantage of the ambulances in non-emergency transfers from home to hospitals; free of charge or at an affordable price (to regenerate the cost of fuel). Our ambulances have taken part in many rescue missions and are continuously working with other local and regional partners to improve its services.