The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has operated several chartered flights from NATO Allies and partners to Afghanistan between November and early December.
The flights transported hundreds of tons of pharmaceutical supplies, including pain medication, vitamins, antibiotics, hand sanitisers, and polio vaccines, to the Afghan National Army and police.
Additional flights are scheduled to run until the end of the year.
This effort is funded by the NATO-run Afghan National Army (ANA) Trust Fund and is part of the support provided to the Combined Security Transition Command in Afghanistan (CSTC-A).
CSTC-A operates within the framework of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in the country and it plays a key role in the further development of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces, with specific projects focusing on logistics, organisation, education and medicine.
The ANA Trust Fund is one of three initiatives funded by the international community to financially support Afghan security forces – the other two are the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA), administered by the UN Development Programme, and the US Afghanistan Security Forces Fund (ASFF).
At their meeting earlier in December, NATO foreign ministers reaffirmed their commitment to the Resolute Support Mission as well as their commitment to support the financial sustainment of the Afghan forces through to 2024.
Cover image: Some of the pharmaceutical supplies provided by NATO Allies and partners to Afghan forces and police (Picture: NATO).