UNICEF / AFGHANISTAN HEALTH AND NUTRITION

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Children across Afghanistan are increasingly vulnerable to disease and illness due to the deadly combination of rising malnutrition, an unprecedented food crisis, drought, disruptions to vital health and nutrition centres, lack of access to and poor quality of water and sanitation services, and crippling winter weather. UNICEF

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DATELINE: 18 NOVEMBER 2021, KANDAHAR, MAIWAND DISTRICT, AFGHANISTAN / 16-17 NOVEMBER 2021, KANDAHAR PROVINCE, NASAJI, AFGHANISTAN

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18 NOVEMBER 2021, KANDAHAR, MAIWAND DISTRICT, AFGHANISTAN

1. Wide shot, woman and children walk towards mobile health and nutrition team (MHNT) location
2. Wide shot, woman and children enter MHNT location
3. Wide shot, Soma Quraishi, mid-wife and nutrition counsellor, holding Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic-Food (RUTF) packet, interacts with mothers during nutrition awareness session
4. Med shot, Quraishi holding RUTF packet
5. Med shot, child diagnosed with SAM being fed from a RUTF sachet by a nutrition counsellor with a mobile nutrition team
6. Close up, child diagnosed with SAM being fed from a RUTF sachet

16 NOVEMBER 2021, KANDAHAR PROVINCE, NASAJI, AFGHANISTAN

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Mohammad Sadiq, Head of Paediatric Ward, Mirwais Regional Hospital, Kandahar:
“You see the number of the malnutrition, acute malnutrition, severe malnutrition cases are increasing. The reason is not that they are increasing by these two or three months. No, it's not by these. Maybe it was before in the community, but the people did not have the access to come to us and we detect them, we diagnose them.”

18 NOVEMBER 2021, KANDAHAR, MAIWAND DISTRICT, AFGHANISTAN

8. Med shot, Ahmad, 1, is diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition during a MUAC assessment by MHNT
9. Close up, Ahmad

16 NOVEMBER 2021, KANDAHAR PROVINCE, NASAJI, AFGHANISTAN

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Mohammad Sadiq, Head of Paediatric Ward, Mirwais Regional Hospital, Kandahar:
“Since the people does not have jobs, they don't have salary, and they don't have salary, they don't have food. So most, most of the kids, because the kids are the vulnerable group, the kids are the vulnerable group that first they become the malnutrition.”
11. Med shot, girl carries a little child in the waiting area of the paediatric clinic
12. Med shot, 5-months-old Islamia being examined by a doctor
13. Wide shot, Islamia’s mother talking to UNICEF nutrition officer.
14. Med shot, 5-months-old Islamia with an oxygen mask
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Mohammad Sadiq, Head of Paediatric Ward, Mirwais Regional Hospital, Kandahar:
“Many people are jobless. There are no job facilities, so they cannot survive properly.”

17 NOVEMBER 2021, KANDAHAR PROVINCE, NASAJI, AFGHANISTAN

16. Wide shot, Desert landscape, Nasaji village.
17. Wide shot, women and children gather outdoors at a mobile health and nutrition team (MHNT) location
18. Med shot, members of the UNICEF supported MHNT interact with mothers during a nutrition awareness session
19. Med shot, women and children sitting on the floor during a nutrition awareness session with UNICEF supported MHNT
20. Med shot, nutrition nurse measures height of a child during a nutrition status assessment
21. Med shot, nutrition nurse holds a malnourished child
26. Med shot, malnourished child is being fed from a Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic-Food (RUTF) packet
27. Med shot, mothers and children at wait for health/nutrition screening with MHNT
28. Med shot, mothers and children at wait for health/nutrition screening with MHNT
29. Med shot, MHNT nurse interacts with women during MHNT consultation
30. Wide shot, women and children gather outdoors at a MHNT location
31. Wide shot, children walking outdoors in desert conditions
32. Wide shot, children walking outdoors in desert conditions.

16 NOVEMBER 2021, KANDAHAR PROVINCE, NASAJI, AFGHANISTAN

33. Wide shot, women and children entre the paediatric clinic at the Mirwais Regional Hospital
34. Close up, child outside the paediatric clinic
35. Pan right, women and children in the waiting area of the paediatric clinic

12 DECEMBER 2021, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

36. SOUNDBITE English) Cornelius Williams, Director, Child Protection, UNICEF:
“Every day counts. We are running out of time.”

15 NOVEMBER 2021, KANDAHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN

37. Med shot, child in scale at clinic in Kandahar

12 DECEMBER 2021, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

38. SOUNDBITE English) Cornelius Williams, Director, Child Protection, UNICEF:
“The families can't afford not to have support during winter. They didn't cause this crisis.”

15-18 NOVEMBER 2021, KANDAHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN

39. Close up, child’s arm being measured for signs of malnutrition
40. Close up, child at clinic in Kandahar
41. Close up, supplies distributed at clinic
42. Close up, supplies distributed at clinic
43. Close up, children receiving supplies at clinic
44. Close up, child at clinic

STORYLINE:

Children across Afghanistan are increasingly vulnerable to disease and illness due to the deadly combination of rising malnutrition, an unprecedented food crisis, drought, disruptions to vital health and nutrition centres, lack of access to and poor quality of water and sanitation services, and crippling winter weather.

As the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate in Afghanistan, outbreaks of life-threatening diseases are putting children’s lives at risk. More than 66,000 cases of measles have so far been reported in children so far in 2021. There have also been outbreaks of acute watery diarrhoea, malaria and dengue fever. Four cases of wild polio virus type 1 (WPV-1) have been confirmed this year. 

Severe winter weather conditions, with temperatures already well below freezing in many areas, increase the risk of pneumonia and Acute Respiratory Illness (ARI) as families struggle to heat their homes and keep their children warm. Children living in high altitude regions are especially vulnerable and require urgent life-saving assistance including winter clothing, blankets and fuel for heating. Some 25-30 per cent of deaths in children below the age of five are due to respiratory tract infections, with 90 per cent of these deaths due to pneumonia.

Earlier this month, UNICEF launched its largest-ever single-country appeal to respond to the needs of over 24 million people in Afghanistan, half of whom are children. UNICEF’s appeal for US$2 billion aims to help avert the collapse of health, nutrition, WASH, education and other vital social services for children and families.

Last month, UNICEF provided more than 10,000 front-line health workers in over 1,000 health facilities with salaries for November and supported over 1,000 health facilities with medical supplies and winter heating materials.  UNICEF also provided critical primary health care services, including immunization, through health facilities and mobile health and nutrition teams. UNICEF vaccinated nearly 105,000 children aged between 6 months and five years old against measles.

A nationwide polio campaign reached 8.5 million children, including over 2 million children living in previously inaccessible areas. In the same month, UNICEF was able to treat more than 37,000 children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition; provided over 22,000 people with access to safe water, including through water trucking; and distributed cash to the provinces with the highest poverty rate and most severe winter conditions, along with winter clothes.

UNICEF estimates that 1 in 2 children under five will be acutely malnourished in 2022 due to the food crisis and poor access to water, sanitation and hygiene services. 

Guided by humanitarian principles, UNICEF will prioritize life-saving interventions to treat children and provide other vital services. UNICEF’s response will help ensure continuity of essential services by preventing the collapse of systems that are critical for children, while also safeguarding hard-won gains, including protecting the rights of women and girls. UNICEF counts on the support of the international community by facilitating exemptions to sanctions to ensure the timely provision of goods and services to the children of Afghanistan.

In Kandahar province, UNICEF-supported mobile health and nutrition teams at the Mirwais regional hospital continue providing lifesaving services to children and mother. UNICEF estimates that 1 in 2 children under five will be acutely malnourished in 2022 due to the food crisis and poor access to water, sanitation and hygiene services.
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