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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Afghanistan

22 Nov 2021

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Food is distributed by the World Food Programme in Herat in western Afghanistan, August 2021. © WFP

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 22 November 2021

Afghanistan

OCHA reports that the humanitarian response in Afghanistan is scaling up, with improved funding and access to life-saving aid.

However, needs and vulnerabilities are increasing and outpacing the capacity of humanitarians to reach people in crisis.

One in four pregnant women and one in two children are malnourished.

One in two people do not know where their next meal is coming from.

And one in two people now need humanitarian aid to survive.

Between 1 September and 15 November, UN and NGO partners have provided 7.2 million people with food assistance; reached more than 880,000 people with [primary and secondary] health-care consultations; assisted almost 199,000 drought-affected people through water trucking; and treated more than 178,000 children under 5 for acute malnutrition. 

Close to 142,000 people also received non-food items, 102,000 children benefited from community-based education activities, and more than 32,000 people received psychosocial support services.

Afghanistan’s Flash Appeal seeking $606 million to help 11 million people most in need in the last four months of 2021 is 100 per cent funded [from 19 November].

Humanitarians are grateful for the generous contribution by the donor community.

However, all financial commitments have not been translated into actions on the ground due to financial system challenges amid the cash and liquidity crisis.