Until the end of 2007, Malteser International had its own office in Afghanistan and up to that point implemented projects in the fields of health, education and income-generation. Between 2008 and 2013, we sponsored an educational TV-program through a partner organization in Masar Sharif. In the winters of 2016/2017 and 2017/2018, we worked with our partner organization Afghanischer Frauenverein e.V. to provide emergency supplies to Afghan returnee families and poor host communities in the Laghman region. We distributed food, warm blankets and gas cylinders for heating stoves to help people through the cold months. From 2018 to 2020, we jointly ran two health facilities in Kabul province with a partner.
Due to the political shifts in 2021, the hardship of many Afghans has once again increased immensely. Together with our partner Union Aid, we are helping 4,000 vulnerable and internally displaced families to get through the winter. Since October 2022, we have partnered with Union Aid to provide basic health services in Balkh Province, providing medical care to malnourished children and pregnant women.