25 Mar. 2008

Security is key for development
in western Afghanistan

Sustained security operations in the Farah and Golestan provinces have allowed ISAF to continue its reconstruction and development activities, notably in the fields of education, medical aid and water resources.

In Golestan, a number of schools are being refurbished and a variety of educational materials such as chairs, blackboards, exercise books, chalks and pens have been donated to cover the needs of students and more than 20 teachers.

Regional Command West (RC-West) medical teams have also brought assistance to people in rural villages and remote places, where international organizations and non governmental organizations cannot access. So far, at least 1,300 Afghan patients have received treatment from ISAF medical teams.

Sustainable water resource management strategies and plans covering the irrigation and drinking water supply have been developed. Western Provincial Reconstruction Teams have financed new water supply networks and wells: 150 wells have been built so far in Herat Province and several drilling sites have been set in Farah Province where eight wells will be built.

RC-West’s troops ensure a continuous presence on the ground, supporting the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police in the conduct of operations.

RC-West officials will soon meet the Afghan authorities (governmental, military and security leaders) to discuss current and future security and development efforts in the region.

Contact Information ISAF Public Information Office
Tel: +93 (0)79 51 1155 - Mobile: 0093 (0) 799 55 8291 pressoffice@hq.isaf.nato.int - www.nato.int/isaf/