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Afghanistan: UN warns 3.2 million kids under-5 at risk of acute malnutrition, calls for funding


Robert Frank
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United Nations agencies have warned that Afghan children under the age of five are suffering from acute malnutrition, an estimated 3.2 million Afghan children under the age of five are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition, by the end of the year and without immediate treatment, a million children are at risk of dying.

According to a UNICEF statement, severe food insecurity affects 14 million people in Afghanistan, who cannot access water, food, and basic health and nutrition services, after years of conflict and economic crisis, which worsened after the Taliban seized power last August.

According to the United Nations Information Center, Herve Ludovic, UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan, said, “As more families struggle to find food, the nutritional health of mothers and their children is getting worse day by day, children are getting sick and their families are less able to access treatment. What they need, the rapid spread of measles outbreaks and acute watery diarrhea will only exacerbate the situation.

Mary-Ellen McGarraty, WFP Representative in Afghanistan, said: “We have grave concerns about the desperate choices families are being forced to make. weeks, otherwise the effect may become irreversible.”

Two UN agencies are adding 100 mobile health and nutrition teams, in addition to 168 mobile teams already working to provide a lifeline for children and mothers in hard-to-reach areas.

Since the beginning of this year, the World Food Program has provided life-saving food assistance to 8.7 million people, including treatment and prevention of malnutrition for nearly 400,000 pregnant and lactating women and 790,000 children under the age of five, and nearly four million people have been reached.

In September, more than 210,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition were provided with life-saving treatment through UNICEF-supported services, and ready-to-use therapeutic food for more than 42,000 children and therapeutic milk for 5,200 children were delivered to UNICEF partners in the past eight weeks.

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