Currently, 63 international UN Volunteers and 26 national UN Youth Volunteers support the work of UNAMA in Afghanistan, 20 of these medical personnel. They are part of the Joint Medical Services (JMS) and the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT). Dr Bantar Tawe is the Chief Medical Officer of the mission in the Joint Medical Services and Medical Emergency Response Team. A former UN Volunteer himself, he highly values the contribution of the UN Volunteers, particularly in the face of COVID-19.
In challenging moments, cohesion and teamwork are primordial in planning, coordinating and executing response. Pandemics require extraordinary efforts during uncommon times. Having a team of UN Volunteers so dedicated and committed to helping UN staff and their families go through these crises together is one of the biggest assets UNAMA has, and for this, I express my heartfelt appreciation to all my colleagues. --Dr Bantar Tawe, Chief Medical Officer, Joint Medical Services & Medical Emergency Response Team