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Last solar year full of challenges: ARCS



Last solar year full of challenges: ARCS

Mar 29, 2017 - 16:27

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghan Red Crescent Societyinfo-icon (ARCS) says it conducted performed effective activities last solar yearinfo-icon despite being faced with a lot of challenges.

ARCS Secretary Mohammad Naeem Dindar, presenting the organisation’s annual performance report at a press conference here, said they succeeded in enforcing nine vital plans last year.

He, however, explained three other ARCS plans could be implemented only 43 percent due to problems. The three plans did not succeed as donors did not provide financial support.

Prolonged conflict in Afghanistaninfo-icon, returning of large number of refugees, increasing poverty and joblessness were other major problems towards the the ARCS’s operations he added.

Despite the challenges, the organisation was able to provide aid to 149,000 affected people, including 9,700 internally displaced persons last year, Dindar said. The aid included edible and other essential items.

He added transferring 300 bodies of Afghan security personnel and militants to their families, distribution and collection of around 3,000 messages to prisoner families, providing healthinfo-icon services to three million people and donation of 9,000cc blood were among the major services of ARCS in 1395.

The medical treatment of 1,000 children with Atrial Septal Defects (ASDs) was also part of ARCS activities last year, Dindar recalled.

“For the first time, a polio eradication drive has been launched in unstable parts of the country and the campaign is currently underway in Nangarhar and Kunar provinces within the framework of ARCS healthcare services.

“The campaign will be extended gradually to the whole country,” he promised, saying the organisation’s income had improved. But he stopped short of providing details or figures.



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