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UN warns of rising malnutrition among women and children in Afghanistan

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

Written By: Tabasum Nasiry

The World Food Programme in Afghanistan emphasizes that the number of women suffering from malnutrition has increased, with 1.2 million women affected in the country. The organization has also issued a warning about the rising number of malnourished children in Afghanistan through a video posted on social media.

Mona Sheikh, responsible for nutrition at the World Food Programme, notes that more malnourished children have been referred to clinics for treatment due to the reduction in foreign aid last year. According to Sheikh, these figures are on the rise, with a possibility of three million children being affected by malnutrition in the current year.

According to statistics from the World Food Programme, the number of malnourished children being treated in specialized clinics across Afghanistan has increased. Currently, are 2,700 clinics available for treating these children throughout the country.

Furthermore, the head of nutrition at this organization emphasizes, “Last year, we expected around 800,000 pregnant and lactating women across the country to suffer from malnutrition. However, this number exceeded expectations, reaching nearly two million, and unfortunately, it is expected to increase further this year.”

It is estimated that three million children will suffer from malnutrition in Afghanistan this year. Nonetheless, the World Food Programme has stated, “We will be able to assist around six million of them.” Sheikh says the decrease in aid has led to increased malnutrition statistics, as families have had their food aid reduced due to budget cuts.

This comes as the United Nations and various human rights organizations have warned of increasing poverty and malnutrition, especially among women, in Afghanistan. According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), more than 23 million people in Afghanistan require humanitarian assistance this year.

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