The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)


Improving access to life-saving care in Afghanistan

UNOPS and the government of Japan are working together to strengthen vital healthcare services for vulnerable communities across the country. 

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With more than half of the Afghan population living in poverty and unable to afford basic necessities, vulnerability remains high. Millions of Afghans lack access to healthcare, compromising their ability to survive and thrive. The country also faces critical shortages in ambulance care, further contributing to a loss of life – and risks many more – as patients are often not transported to hospitals for timely medical attention.

To help, UNOPS has procured and delivered 13 medically equipped ambulances to hospitals in Kabul and Kandahar. The project, funded by the government of Japan, also facilitated training on ambulance operations for 50 medical personnel and 40 ambulance drivers.

Hospitals receiving ambulances

Mirwais Hospital

Afghan Japan Communicable Disease Hospital

Sadre Ebn-e-Sina Hospital

Malalai Maternity Hospital

Isteqlal Hospital

Ehyayi Mujadad Hospital

Stomatology Hospital

Sheikh Zayed Hospital

We believe that this collaboration will make a significant impact in addressing the critical healthcare needs in the country.

Takayoshi Kuromiya - Ambassador of Japan to Afghanistan

The new ambulances will enable the transportation of over 14,000 patients each year.

“As Afghanistan continues to grapple with one of the most severe humanitarian crises globally, we are here to support our partners in their commitment to the people of this country. Projects like these bring us together to reach more people with key services in a complex environment,” said Nicholas George, Director and Representative of UNOPS in Afghanistan.

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