Afghanistan: Nutrition Cluster Situation and Response Dashboard, March 2019

from UN Children's Fund, Nutrition Cluster
Published on 15 Apr 2019 View Original


Since the beginning of 2019, more than 163,000 people have now been affected by floods in many parts of Afghanistan which includesBadghis, Balkh, Farah, Faryab, Herat , Helmand ,Jawzjan, Kandahar, Khost, Sar-e-Pul, Zabul provinces (OCHA Flash Floods Update,#8).An estimated 28,200 children under five and 13,000 pregnant and lactating women at risk of malnutrition require emrgency nutrition assistance.

Three nutrition assessments were conducted during first quarter of 2019 in urban Kabul, Rural Kabul and Khost provinces. The findings of the surveys showed Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rate of9.9 % in Urban Kabul, 12 % in Rural Kabul , and 12% in Khost. Given the myriads of aggravating factors, the nutrition situation in the provinces assessed can be described as alarming.

The MUAC screening data is showing some increasing trend in proportion of acute malnourished among MUAC screened IDP children in Herat. Badghis seems more or less stable. Overall during first quarter 20% U5 in Badghis and 24% in Herat were acutely malnourished.