Good Nutrition with Healthcare Saves Lives
Afghanistan is a war-affected country with underdeveloped agricultural and health sectors. Healthy people means healthy nation. A very large percentage of Afghans cannot afford to eat two times daily. An estimated 22.8 million Afghans, more than half the country’s population, are facing potentially life-threatening levels of food insecurity and malnutrition this year. Half of all children under the age of 5 — around 3.2 million — were expected to suffer from acute malnutrition by the end of 2021. About 1 million are on the brink of starvation. There have been reports about families selling their daughters for food. This is getting even worse, as Afghanistan is sliding into one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time. The loss of Western funding and the freezing of central bank assets after the Taliban returned to power have had dire consequences on health sector. It’s this utterly sad situation which strengthens our resolve to provide robust health and nutrition benefits to children and save lives. Almost 50% of our work for children caters to the Health & Nutrition needs of children. In different provinces of Afghanistan, we’re passionately working to improve the health and nutrition status of newborns, mothers, and expecting women with special focus on those coming from the most disadvantaged communities.