NEW YORK (September 29, 2021) – The first aircraft carrying UNICEF lifesaving medical supplies arrived today in Kabul through the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) Airbridge.
32 metric tons containing essential drugs, oral rehydration salts and antibiotics, medical and surgical supplies were flown in today covering the needs of 100,000 children and women for the next three months.
The supplies touch down as health facilities across Afghanistan face serious shortages of supplies and medications.
“These medical supplies come at a critical time for children and mothers in Afghanistan as they face an escalating health and nutrition crisis,” said Herve Ludovic De Lys, UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan. “We thank the EU for their support to ensure children and mothers can receive the basic health services they require.”
This is the first of two consignments planned to be flown into Kabul via the ECHO Airbridge in the coming days.
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