Afghanistan: Concerns over emergency health care in Helmand offensive

Published on 10 February 2010

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has voiced concern about access to health care for conflict-affected people in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, where a much-publicized offensive by thousands of Afghan and foreign forces is under way. (..) UNHCR and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said they were closely monitoring the situation in Helmand and were standing by to help IDPs. “WFP has food in place in Helmand and is ready to respond immediately to needs,” Challiss McDonough, WFP’s spokeswoman in Kabul, told IRIN, adding that, if necessary, additional food aid would be sent to the province quickly.

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