Our Afghanistan Refugee Response

Although 3.5 million Afghan refugees have returned home since 2002, approximately 1.7 million remain in Pakistan. In Afghanistan, International Medical Corps currently provides the only primary health care services targeting refugee and returnee populations in Kunar, Nangarhar, and Laghman provinces. We reach a target population of about 250,000 residing in nine camps.

In September 2009, International Medical Corps supplemented our health service delivery program with a focus on the prevention of gender-based violence (GBV) and care for GBV survivors in Afghan refugee and returnee communities. Our behavioral change program, targeting both male and female community members, aims to increase the awareness and skills of health care providers and community resource persons to respond to GBV. The first of its kind in Afghanistan, our GBV program provides discreet counseling and care for at-risk women and their families, as well as support services for men and women that include vocational and literacy training. We also spread awareness about GBV and the rights of women and girls among decision makers and influential leaders at the community, district, and provincial levels. 

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