The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Save the Children sends 92 tons of medicines to Afghanistan

KABUL: Save the Children sent 92 tons of vital medicines to Afghanistan to treat about 675,000 people, including children, with life-threatening but treatable illnesses after an increase in respiratory infections and measles this year, the organization said in a statement the other day. The assistance will provide lifesaving treatment for nearly 400,000 children afflicted by endemic childhood illnesses such as respiratory tract infections, pneumonia, acute watery diarrhea, and skin diseases, the statement said. Since the beginning of 2024, more than 1,000 children under the age of 5 have died after contracting pneumonia comprising 88% of all deaths from respiratory infection, the statement further said, adding that the current number of cases is higher than the average number reported during the past three years. The number of measles cases among children under five has risen by 44% compared with the same period last year, the statement said. “Too many children in Afghanistan die from easily preventable diseases and illnesses. The arrival of these medicines means that more than 400,000 children will receive potentially lifesaving treatment in some of the most remote areas of the country,” the statement quoted Arshad Malik, Country Director for Save the Children in Afghanistan as saying. He added that every day around the world, roughly 16,000 children under the age of 5 will die from common illnesses that can be prevented and treated. The medicines, which are worth about 590,000, U.S. dollars were donated by the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA), the European Union Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO), USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) and Save the Children’s internal Humanitarian Fund, among other organizations. Javed

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.