Afghanistan | treating malnourished children

Afghanistan

An overview of Action Against Hunger's work in Afghanistan. Our teams are providing a range of life-supporting services while building the resilience of local communities to cope with future crises

106,933
People we helped in 2014

Afghanistan has experienced more than three decades of conflict. Chronic insecurity, internal displacement and widespread poverty have subjected its population to ongoing hardship, with civilians bearing the brunt of years of conflict and underdevelopment.

Natural disasters also affect tens of thousands of people every year, including earthquakes, frequent floods and drought.

Afghan children suffer from one of the highest levels of chronic malnutrition in the world and over a third are underweight.


What we’re doing

We’ve been present in Afghanistan since 1979, when Action Against Hunger was founded to support Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Today, our teams are providing a range of life-saving services including:

  • Addressing the underlying conditions that give rise to deadly malnutrition and food insecurity.
  • Train health staff and treat malnourished children though community-based treatment programmes
  • Improving access to water, sanitation and good hygiene practices for families affected by conflict and natural disasters
  • Helping to develop develop and sustain good livelihoods

 

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Photo credits:  A women with her malnourished child in Daikundi Province. © D Sauveur, Agence VU

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