Another 36 tons and ten staffers air-lifted to Afghanistan
18 December 2001
An MSF cargo flight, with an additional ten expat staff members and 36 ton of MSF materials, landed in Kabul, Afghanistan this morning (December 18). The materials included plastic sheeting (often used for temporary shelter) emergency food rations, medical material and vehicles. The personnel included four medical staff, two logisticians an emergency coordinator, a communications officer and a photographer. MSF shall be using the materials to start emergency programmes in the Yakawlang district. Current activities in the same region include:
Supply of non-food items such as plastic sheeting,
blankets, jerrycans, buckets and soap. Beneficiaries: 2,000 .
Support of the main hospital in Yakawlang town and basic health care in Yakawlang district. Beneficiaries: 94,000 people (19,000 families)
Explo missions in two valleys where access is restricted due to the roads being heavily mined.
MSF has had a constant presence in Afghanistan since 1979 and has over 50 expat staff members currently active in the country. It is the largest active NGO operating in the country.