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Afghanistan Sees Nearly 50% Surge in Child Malnutrition: Save the Children Report

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

The number of children admitted to health centers in Afghanistan who are critically malnourished has climbed by 47% since January of this year, according to a report published today by Save the Children, as hunger in the country reaches record levels.

According to a report released by Save the Children on Monday, October 31, the need for malnutrition treatment has increased significantly in the country, with some infants succumbing before receiving any treatment.

About 2,500 malnourished children were treated in January by Save the Children’s 57 mobile health teams. According to just-released figures, by September, that number had risen to almost 4,270 children admitted by 66 teams.

During the recent summer harvest season, experts had hoped to witness a decrease in the prevalence of hunger in Afghanistan. However, the prolonged drought has resulted in failing crops and considerably lowers than usual harvests, causing many rural families to sell their property and livestock in order to raise enough food to feed their children.

“Humanitarian organizations like Save the Children are stretched to the absolute limit trying to stop children dying from hunger every day in Afghanistan. But the truth is, with so many children facing life-threatening levels of hunger, we simply do not have the resources to save them all,” said Chris Nyamandi, the country director of Save the Children in Afghanistan.

Save the Children has expanded its response after the Taliban retook power in August 2021 to help the growing number of children in need. Since September 2021, Save the Children, according to the report has reached more than 3.3 million people, including 1.8 million children.

This comes as Afghanistan is experiencing one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, which is magnified by widespread poverty, hunger, unemployment, and the political turmoil in the country which has aggravated the crisis.

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