AFGHANISTAN / CHILD MALNUTRITION

19-Nov-2021 00:01:35
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Afghanistan was already one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a child. Over the past year, the situation has become even more desperate as conflict, drought, and COVID-19 have collided to create a humanitarian emergency. UNICEF
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STORY: AFGHANISTAN / CHILD MALNUTRITION
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SOURCE: UNICEF
RESTRICTIONS: NO UK USAGE UNTIL 23:00 GMT FRIDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2021 / PLEASE CREDIT UNICEF ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: NATS

DATELINE: 11 NOVEMBER 2021, HERAT, AFGHANISTAN
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11 NOVEMBER 2021, HERAT, AFGHANISTAN

1. Wide shot, health workers in Babai Barq Health Facilities
2. Med shot, three-year-old Fatima being weighed
3. Close up, three-year-old Fatima being screened for malnutrition
4. Med shot, nurse registering Fatima’s age and weight
5. Med shot, Fatima received RUTF (Ready to-use Therapeutic Food), a mineral and vitamin enriched food specifically designed to treat sever acute malnutritional children
6. Wide shot, Sam Mort, UNICEF Chief of Communication in Afghanistan visiting nutrition section of clinic
7. Med shot, five-year-old Parwana is being screen by doctor
8. Close up, Parwana is severely malnourished
9. Tilt down, Parwana being seated
10. Med shot, Sam Mort, UNICEF Chief of Communication playing with Parwana
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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Afghanistan was already one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a child. Over the past year, the situation has become even more desperate as conflict, drought, and COVID-19 have collided to create a humanitarian emergency.

UNICEF has been on the ground in Afghanistan for 65 years with offices nationwide and a range of partners that support it in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable, especially children. UNICEF said it is now scaling up its lifesaving programmes for children and women – including through the delivery of health, nutrition and safe water to displaced families.

UNICEF said, against a backdrop of conflict and insecurity, children are living in communities that are running out of water because of drought and are also missing out on life-saving vaccines. An estimated 3.2 million children under the age of five are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition by the end of 2021. The Fund said many of these children are so malnourished they lie in hospital beds, too weak to grasp an outstretched finger.

Millions of children continue to need essential services, including primary healthcare, lifesaving vaccines against polio and measles, nutrition, education, protection, shelter, water and sanitation. UNICEF said it needs urgent funding to ensure the country’s health systems do not collapse.
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