Under the Lead Inspector General framework, the Inspectors General for the Department of Defense, Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development conduct oversight of and report on the overseas contingency operation "Operation Freedom's Sentinel."
This report also discusses the planned, ongoing, and completed oversight work conducted by the Lead IG agencies and our partner oversight agencies during the quarter. This quarter, the Lead IG agencies issued seven audit, inspection, and evaluation reports related to OFS.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported there were
more than 39,000 active COVID-19 cases in Afghanistan on October 1 amid “widespread
complacency and failure to follow public health advice.” COVID-19 cases and deaths are
likely underreported, according to OCHA, and a survey by the Afghanistan Ministry of
Public Health, with technical support from the World Health Organization, estimated that
nearly a third of Afghanistan’s population, or 10 million people, had been infected.
USAID reported that COVID-19 testing never exceeded 1,200 tests per day and had fallen
below 400 tests a day for the last weeks of the quarter, despite high positivity rates.
Contact tracing efforts decreased and there remained a lack of personal protective
equipment, even as USAID worked to establish local manufacturing of protective
equipment. In addition, 100 ventilators USAID delivered to Afghanistan remained
unused in a warehouse 2 months after arrival in country, despite Afghan hospitals having
only 10 working ventilators at the time.