16% Rise in Malnutrition Cases Reported in Southern Afghanistan: MSF
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has reported a 16% increase in malnutrition cases among children in Southern Helmand province and warned of the consequences of an escalating humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.
MSF, the international aid organization in a tweet on Wednesday, May 17, expressed concerns over a 16% increase in malnutrition cases among the children in Helmand province.
Over the past four months, at least 1061 malnourished children have been treated in Helmand province, according to MSF.
Meanwhile, Doctors Without Borders has emphasized that a large majority of the Afghan population does not have the affordability to provide basic food for their families and are faced with critical challenges to reach hospitals for treatment.
According to the findings of MSF, malnutrition among children has increased by 32% compared to 2021 and a 16% compared to 2022.
One of the MSF doctors has described the investment of international aid in improving the healthcare facilities significantly important and explained the dire situation of a malnourished child, “his mother did not have milk and his family could not support to buy food, so the poor child was hungry the whole time.”
Prior to this, UN OCHA, World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) had expressed their deep concerns about the high level of malnutrition cases in Afghanistan.
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Source: The Khaama Press News Agency