Blood & Ambulance Project (2022-24)

ACW through our student fundraising raised a tremendous total of £26,160.03 with the UK-registered charity Human Relief Mission (CN:1160380) to fundraise for the Al-Mouwasat Ambulance project and the HRM blood donation programme. Blood loss and injuries sustained due to ongoing conflict, road traffic, accidents, trauma or pregnancy related complications are rising and becoming a major cause of death and disability. Access and availability to safe blood and the equipment in ambulances play an essential, life-saving role by increasing the chance of survival for patients.

  • Blood and Ambulance project will last 2 years.

  • 2 years of the blood donation project

  • 2 ambulances funded

Together we are determined to raise awareness on the importance of access and availability to ambulance services and mobilise communities to donate blood regularly and voluntarily. 

During these unprecedented times, do not underestimate the power of charity. 

More than four decades of ongoing conflict have severely crippled the acute healthcare system of Afghanistan. Meanwhile, evidence indicates that trauma and injury contribute to 11% of the all-cause mortality in Afghanistan and are a principal cause for people living with disabilities. Every day, 18 people die as a result of Road Traffic Accidents (RTA) and many more due to the ongoing conflict or pregnancy related complications.

According to the Ministry of Public Health, severe bleeding during delivery or after childbirth is a major cause of maternal mortality and long-term disability. When there is severe bleeding, urgent and timely treatment is required for management of these patients, including transfusion of blood and blood products, as women may die within one hour.

Therefore, access and availability to safe blood and the equipment in ambulances play an essential, life-saving role by increasing the chance of survival for patients. Currently however, there is only one publicly operated ambulance service in Kabul with only 29 ambulances in total to cater the needs of the 4.6 million population in Kabul during emergency situations.

With a little to over 27,000 registered blood donors across Afghanistan, there is also not enough awareness and information available on the importance of blood donations.

That is why this year, Afghan Charity Week is collaborating with the UK-registered charity Human Relief Mission (CN:1160380) to fundraise for the Al-Mouwasat Ambulance Project and the HRM Blood Donation Programme.

With the help of your generous donations, we will work to improve access to safe blood donations and transfusions as well as availability to pre-hospital healthcare by widening the accessibility of ambulance services during emergency situations.

During these unprecedented times, do not underestimate the power of charity!

#studentsforafghanistan

Blood Donation/Screening Programme

HRM and its partner organisation launched a Blood Donation Programme. Where they set up a system to keep a record of blood donors. HRM screens their blood for potential diseases and once their screening has been completed and their blood group figured out they are put into a database, including their address and phone numbers. HRM then advertise the Blood Donation Line number in the community and encourage people to contact HRM if they require any blood. The programme has been massive success. We are always looking for ways to encourage people to join us and become blood donors. Much like everything else blood donation camps cost money and this is where ACW come in. With our donation, HRM are able to set up these mini data bases across Afghanistan and save lives.

Al-Mouwasat Ambulance Service

Perhaps what makes this conflict more complex is not only are civilians caught in the crossfire, but there is also no air ambulance or effective ground ambulance service for victims, even within Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city. Kabul has 22 districts and a population of 4.3 million, and yet, there are reportedly less than a dozen official governmental ambulances. As for poorer areas outside the nation’s capital, the number of ambulances are either nil or close to nil.

Human Relief Mission aims to tackle this and set up HRM’s AMWO Free Emergency Ambulance Service. This is the first of its kind in the history of Afghanistan, but also allows the public to take advantage of the ambulances in non-emergency transfers from home to hospitals; free of charge or at an affordable price (to regenerate the cost of fuel and driver salary). HRM’s ambulances have taken part in many rescue missions and are continuously working with other local and regional partners to improve its services. They started with just two ambulances operating in only one province and have now expanded to five provinces and aim to work in all provinces of Afghanistan. As of April 2022, HRM has 45 active ambulances. In 2021 alone they have served 33173 patients, an average of 92 patients per day. ACW will help increase the number of ambulances to cover more provinces. Lets save lives together.