Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, is encouraging donations to the Afghanistan crisis appeal after a special briefing for MSPs from the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). The briefing highlighted the rise of pneumonia in children, linked to the malnourishment across the country.
1 million children are at risk of dying from malnutrition as 95% of people in the country do not have enough to eat. Mobile health units provide nutrition treatment as DEC partners operate to reach priority groups like children, pregnant women and older people across all of Afghanistan’s provinces. The pandemic is also a pressing concern with only 9.1% of the population fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
The DEC consists of 13 organisations and launched its appeal a week ago. Aid is urgently needed as temperatures in Afghanistan drop to -12C during winter evenings.
The UK Government has said it will match pound-for-pound the first £10 million donated by the public to this appeal, helping DEC charities reach more people in need.
- £30 could provide treatment from malnutrition for three weeks
- £50 could provide blankets for 10 people this winter
- £100 could provide emergency food to a family for three months
After the briefing Ms Wishart said:
“We heard directly from Save the Children who are in Afghanistan now, and what is happening on the ground is deeply distressing.
“While we sit down to our Christmas lunch, 55% of the people in Afghanistan are suffering acute hunger.
“The DEC partners are operating in all of Afghanistan’s provinces to help reach children, pregnant women and older people.
“I’m appealing to everyone to donate whatever they can to this urgent humanitarian crisis and DEC’s appeal. More details can be found online at: https://www.dec.org.uk/appeal/afghanistan-crisis-appeal."