IBM project providing Afghan border agencies with COVID-19 medical supplies and protective equipment

Kabul: The EU-funded Integrated Border Management in the Silk Routes (IBM Silk Routes) project has provided Afghanistan’s border agencies with personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies to help combat the spread of coronavirus.

This equipment includes infrared thermometers and N95 Masks as well as PPE gowns, gloves and sanitation products that will be used at border crossing points by the Afghan Border Police (Ministry of Interior Affairs), Afghan Customs (Ministry of Finance) and the Afghan Border Security Force (Ministry of Defence).

These supplies will allow officers working at Afghanistan’s border crossing points and land-borders to protect themselves when screening travellers, disinfect surfaces and isolate sick travellers. These steps may help prevent the spread of the disease as well as allow border crossings to remain open for business.

Facilitating the well-managed movement of people and goods across borders is vital. The Integrated Border Management (IBM) project aims to support the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in effectively and efficiently managing its national frontiers.

Link to the EU Delegation Press Release:

https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage_en/82763/Press%20release:%20EU%20supports%20Afghan%20border%20agencies%20with%20COVID-19%20medical%20supplies%20and%20protective%20equipment