GENEVA / AFGHANISTAN CHILDREN MALNUTRITION

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said children suffering from the most serious form of malnutrition in Afghanistan may die unless seven million US dollars in funding is found within weeks. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / AFGHANISTAN NUTRITION CRISIS
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DATELINE: 24 MAY 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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FILE - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, Palais des Nations exterior

24 MAY 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, press room
3. Close up, journalist
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Christophe Boulierac, Spokesperson, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“There are two million children in the country which suffer from acute malnutrition, and among them 600,000 children that suffer from severe acute malnutrition.”
5. Med shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Christophe Boulierac, Spokesperson, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“A child that suffers from acute severe malnutrition is a child that needs urgent treatment, otherwise he might die.”
7. Close up, journalist
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Christophe Boulierac, Spokesperson, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“We are the sole provider of treatment for severe acute malnutrition. If we don’t have money to buy this treatment, the severely acute malnourished will not get it.”
9. Wide shot, journalists
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Christophe Boulierac, Spokesperson, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“This year in 2019, we would like to reach 60 percent - even not 100 percent - but we cannot; and it is extremely worrying that you know, if we do not get seven million dollars in three weeks, 1,300 facilities all over the country will not get this treatment.”
11. Various shots, journalists

STORYLINE:

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said children suffering from the most serious form of malnutrition in Afghanistan may die unless seven million US dollars in funding is found within weeks.

Speaking in Geneva today (24 May), UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac said the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan was one of the worst disasters on earth. He warned that increased violence and last year’s severe drought have left hundreds of thousands of children under five critically vulnerable in the west and north of the country.

SOUNDBITE (English) Christophe Boulierac, Spokesperson, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“There are two million children in the country which suffer from acute malnutrition, and among them 600,000 children that suffer from severe acute malnutrition.”

He said, “A child that suffers from acute severe malnutrition is a child that needs urgent treatment, otherwise he might die.”

While Afghanistan’s nutrition crisis is mirrored in many other trouble spots around the world, the UNICEF spokesperson underlined the dangers, if funding were not found soon.

SOUNDBITE (English) Christophe Boulierac, Spokesperson, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“We are the sole provider of treatment for severe acute malnutrition. If we don’t have money to buy this treatment, the severely acute malnourished will not get it.”

UNICEF distributes supplies to health facilities across all 34 provinces in Afghanistan. According to the agency, 3.8 million children need protection and assistance this year, while nearly 289,000 people were displaced by violence in 2018. In addition, one in three children has experienced psychological distress, linked to the constant risk of death or injury, according to UNICEF.
Existing funding shortages have meant that fewer than one in two of the most vulnerable children received life-saving help in UN-supported health clinics across Afghanistan in 2018.

SOUNDBITE (English) Christophe Boulierac, Spokesperson, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“This year in 2019, we would like to reach 60 percent - even not 100 percent - but we cannot; and it is extremely worrying that you know, if we do not get seven million dollars in three weeks, 1,300 facilities all over the country will not get this treatment.”

To meet Afghanistan’s essential nutrition requirements in 2019, UNICEF needs 26 million USD, but it has so far only received half of this amount. Boulierac said UNICEF could not tell how many children would die if the funding is not found, but he added that a child with severe acute malnutrition is 11 times more likely to die than their healthy peers noting that acute malnutrition reduces resistance to disease. This is a particular concern in Afghanistan, where only one in two children is vaccinated.
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