GENEVA, 24 May 2019 - Among the 2 million children under the age of five years who are suffering from acute malnutrition, 600,000 children are currently suffering from severe acute malnutrition, which is the most dangerous form of undernutrition in children.
Afghanistan is one of the countries with the highest number of children under the age of five suffering from severe acute malnutrition, alongside Yemen and South Sudan.
In 2018, UNICEF – the sole provider of ready-to-use therapeutic food for malnourished children in Afghanistan – could only target less than 50 per cent of severely malnourished children (approximately 275,000) across the country due to limited supplies. For 2019, UNICEF plans to reach 60 per cent of severely malnourished children (375,000). However, we will not be able to reach them if we do not receive $7 million USD in funding (equivalent to 107,000 cartons of ready-to-use therapeutic food) within the next three weeks.