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Afghanistan: Humanitarian Response Plan 2017 - Overview

Key Figures:

  • 9.3 million peple in need

  • 5.7 million people targeted for assistance

  • UD$ 550 million required for 2017


In 2017, the humanitarian community in Afghanistan is seeking US$550 million to meet the acute needs of the most vulnerable and marginalised Afghans affected by conflict, natural disaster and poverty. Almost one third of the population, some 9.3 million people, are now in need of humanitarian assistance, a 13 per cent increase from last year, following unprecedented numbers of people in 2016 who fled their homes due to conflict, as well as the unanticipated influx of Afghans returning suddenly from Pakistan. Life-saving interventions related to food, health care, nutrition, safe water and sanitation are incorporated within the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan and will target an estimated 5.7 million people, including an estimated 40 per cent of the population who are out of reach of the national health service, 1.57 million people who are severely food insecure, and one million children suffering from acute malnourishment. Humanitarian activities in 2017 aim to prevent loss of life, limit preventable morbidity and enhance protection for civilian populations caught up in the conflict.

Strategic Objectives

  1. Immediate humanitarian needs of shock affected populations are met
  2. Lives are saved by ensuring access to emergency health and protective services and through advocacy for respect of International Humanitarian Law
  3. The impact of shock induced acute vulnerability is mitigated in the medium term
  4. Humanitarian conditions in hard-to-access areas of Afghanistan are improved



United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
21 Jan 2017
Map/Infographic Type: 
Resource Mobilisation
Strategic Planning
Coordination hub(s): 
National Level Coordination