Since mid-August, the situation in Afghanistan has been uncertain due to the Taliban’s takeover of power. Especially the work of aid organizations like Cap Anamur is affected by the change of power – however, we are currently able to continue it.
We are in daily contact with our project manager Faisal Hadari to be able to assess the situation on the ground correctly at any time. Many of our local employees continue to work for us and ensure that medical training and care can be guaranteed.
The current situation of our projects in Afghanistan
Our projects are based in Herat, the second largest city in Afghanistan. In addition to a training program for nurses, we also run a dialysis station and a tutoring project for low-income students.
Two weeks ago, the new rulers visited our projects, and our aid organization was assigned a contact person in the new regime.
We were asked to continue the work, but to separate the education classes by gender. We already made this separation when the current training classes began, because we were always in exchange with local decision makers of the Afghan government and this separation was already desired earlier.
The training of the female participants is still allowed to continue, as it can be assumed that the Taliban will continue to be very interested in medical care for the population in the future. And women contribute to this to a certain extent.
A very current assessment of the situation is given by our project manager Faisal Haidari:
“Our projects in Herat will continue until further notice. There are only women in the current nursing course. They are only allowed to be taught and instructed by female specialists. This can be organized because the provincial hospital normally has a large pool of female doctors, midwives and nurses. How many of the professional staff have fled the country is difficult to estimate at this time!
The continued support of the dialysis department of the provincial hospital is heavily dependent on the supply of materials. An overpricing of materials in case of shortage is to be feared. However, we currently still have sufficient dialysis sets in stock to be able to operate without restriction.
Our tutoring project is directly affected by the Taliban’s hostility towards women and education. It would be too risky to continue the lessons as before. For now, only boys are being taught by teachers. It is quite possible that the Taliban will only allow women access to education up to a certain age. Also, many professions of education and study, such as law or engineering, may be banned for women under their rule.
The key questions these days should be, “How can we continue to help Afghan civilians? How can we convey to the people that we don’t want to abandon them?” is how our project manager summarizes the situation on the ground.
Cap Anamur will prioritize the continuation of the projects, so that as long as possible a professional perspective and an improvement of the medical care in the country is made possible. Because we don’t want to abandon the people and offer them a perspective that they lacked for so many years.