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Afghanistan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 05 | 01 – 30 June 2012

Situation Report
Originally published



  • Average GAM of 18% countrywide and a Southern region average of 29.5%

  • New displacements rise by 15 per cent in June

  • 75 people die in landslides after earthquakes

  • No ERF funding received to date in 2012, US$100,000 available to address emergencies. US$ 10 million requested.

Afghanistan malnutrition rates above emergency thresholds

The recently launched Afghanistan Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) is a nationally representative sample survey that presents data on the social, health, and educational status of women and children in Afghanistan. The findings of the MICS indicated an alert nutrition situation with Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) of almost 18 per cent and a Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) of 11.3 per cent, both above their international emergency thresholds of GAM at 15 per cent and SAM at two per cent, respectively. This translates into almost one million children under five years to be acutely malnourished in Afghanistan. At the regional level, the south was found with highest prevalence of acute malnutrition at 29.5 per cent. The lowest prevalence was found in central region (13.1 per cent) and central highlands (13.3 per cent).

Due to major gaps in the capacity of humanitarian organizations in Afghanistan to respond to nutrition crisis, the cluster also established a Nutrition in Emergency (NiE) Training of Trainers in all regions. Attempts were made in 2011 to establish a Nutrition Cluster in southern region but due to lack of adequate partners from the resultant insecurity, it was not possible. Developments are ongoing as Save the Children is covering Uruzgan province and UNICEF will make four of the five provinces programme focus areas. In addition, the national Health and Nutrition Clusters will establish a joint cluster in the southern region expected during the third quarter of 2012. More agencies are in the process of expanding the CMAM programme with the support of UNICEF/WFP.

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