The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) inaugurated a clinic in northern Afghanistan’s Balkh city on Monday.
The Shadiyan Clinic was opened with the participation of Afghan Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz, Deputy Health Minister Feda Mohammad Paykan, TIKA’s Coordinator to Mazar-i Sharif Zeki Bulduk and other Afghan officials.
Speaking at the opening event, Feroz said Turkey and Afghanistan were two friendly and brotherly countries.
He said Turkey supported Afghanistan via TIKA’s assistance in the health sector across the country and thanked the Turkish people and the Turkish government.
TIKA’s Coordinator to Mazar-i Sharif Bulduk said Turkish aid to Afghan would continue.
“TIKA has been operating 12 hospitals in Afghanistan’s Faryab, Jowzjan, and Tahar provinces and eight million patients have been treated,” he said.
Bulduk added the clinic had capacity for 100 patients per day.
Turkey supports 170 countries with development aid
Turkey provided official development assistance (ODA) worth $21 billion to 170 countries from 2010 to 2016, according to data from Turkey’s state development aid agency.The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) said 62 percent of Turkey’s ODA was provided to Syria, while Africa, the central Asian Turkic republics, and Balkan countries received 9.54 percent, 5.44 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively.In that same period, Turkey provided $13.66 billion of ODA -- including $5.85 billion in the last year alone -- to civilians in the civil war-torn nation of Syria.In central Asia, in 2010-2016 Turkey gave ODA to Kyrgyzstan ($603.4 million), Kazakhstan ($281 million), Azerbaijan ($157 million), Turkmenistan ($79.4 million), Uzbekistan ($47.4 million), and Tajikistan (24 million).During these six years, Turkey also supported Somalia, Afghanistan, Egypt, Palestine, Tunisia, and Iraq with around $2.5 billion.The countries that received most of Turkey's bilateral official development assistance in 2016 were Syria, Somalia, Palestine, Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Niger.Last year, Turkey also donated funds to regional development agencies ($203 million), the United Nations ($35 million), and the World Bank ($12 million).ODA is defined as government aid designed to promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries.Focusing on development cooperation, TIKA -- established by Turkey in 1992 -- works in more than 170 countries.Turkey's official development aid reached nearly $6.5 billion in 2016, jumping from just $85 million in 2002.
Turkish aid agency builds school in Afghanistan
Turkey's state-run aid agency inaugurated a school in northern Afghanistan’s Faryab province on Friday.The school built and equipped by Turkey's Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) has 16 classrooms.Faryab’s Deputy Governor Abdul Muqeem Rasih, Provincial Education Director Mohammad Yasin Arsalan, Turkey’s Consul General to Mazar-i Sharif Mustafa Erdeviren, TIKA’s Coordinator to Mazar-i Sharif Zeki Bulduk and students attended the inauguration ceremony.Rasih said that the friendship between Afghanistan and Turkey is “eternal and everlasting”, adding that Turkey’s aid to their country was very important, especially in the education sector.He added that there was a shortage of schools in Faryab."Thanks to this school which TIKA has built, this problem in the region has been overcome," he said.Thanking the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish people for standing with the Afghan people, Rasih said Turkey carries out aid to all regions of Afghanistan.Bulduk said Turkey had built dozens of schools in Afghanistan through TIKA where thousands of students were getting an education.
Turkish aid group to distribute Bosnian aid to Rohingya
Turkey's state-run aid agency on Thursday signed an agreement with Bosnia's Islamic Union to distribute €250,000 ($295,000) of financial aid collected for Rohingya Muslims.The protocol was signed at the Islamic Union's building in Bosnia's capital, Sarajevo.A ceremony led by the president of the Islamic Union Husein Kavazovic was attended by Turkey's Ambassador to Sarajevo, Haldun Koc, Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) Sarajevo Coordinator Omer Faruk Alici and Chairman of the Rohingya People's Support Committee Ethem Bicakcic.Kavazovic in his speech thanked TIKA for providing assistance to the Rohingya people."Of course, the help of Bosnia and Herzegovina cannot be compared with Turkey, but the committee has done important work to be the voice of Arakanese Muslims. We will continue with the aid campaigns we conduct together with Turkey," Kavazovic said.Ambassador Koc said TIKA is carrying out intensive activities in the field."Turkey became the first country in the field to show our siblings that we are on their side. TIKA provided 55 million tons of foodstuffs, two ambulances, 10,000 blankets, security cameras, children's parks, tents for 100 families and eight water wells to the Arakanese Muslims," Koc said.Koc also said in the coming period 50 deep water wells and a hospital will be built.The financial aid was collected by the committee formed on an initiative of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Islamic Union in order to help Rohingya Muslims.More than 646,000 refugees have fled the region since Aug. 25 in the wake of a brutal military crackdown.During the crackdown, security forces and Buddhist mobs have killed men, women, and children, looted homes, and torched Rohingya villages, according to refugee accounts.Rohingya, described by the UN as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.Following a similar military crackdown launched in October last year, the UN documented mass gang rapes, killings -- including of infants and young children -- brutal beatings and disappearances committed by security personnel.UN investigators said such violations may have constituted crimes against humanity.
Established in 1992, TIKA is the leading institution under the Turkish Prime Ministry responsible for the implementation of development projects and programs in more than 100 countries covering health and humanitarian programs, education and agriculture.