KABUL – UNICEF has been providing vital treatment to address the issue of malnourished children in Afghanistan, with an impressive reach of over 270,000 children in the first five months of 2023 alone.
The organization has announced this significant milestone, stating that approximately 60,000 children received treatment in the month of May.
The rise in poverty levels following the Taliban’s takeover has been a contributing factor to the alarming increase in childhood malnutrition, according to aid organizations cited by Khaama Press. In April, UNICEF reported treating 48,800 severely malnourished children in Afghanistan, with girls comprising 56 percent of those receiving assistance.
Fran Equiza, UNICEF’s representative in Afghanistan, expressed concern over the situation, stating that an estimated 2.3 million children in the country are at risk of acute malnutrition this year. Among them, 875,000 children are afflicted by severe acute malnutrition, a life-threatening condition that necessitates immediate medical intervention.
Equiza also highlighted the vulnerability of 840,000 pregnant or nursing women, emphasizing the critical need to address acute malnutrition among this group. By doing so, their ability to provide the best possible care for their children can be preserved.
The tireless efforts of UNICEF in combating malnutrition in Afghanistan have provided essential treatment to a vast number of children, but the ongoing challenges demand sustained support and continued action to ensure the well-being of the country’s most vulnerable population.