Children and mothers particularly at risk
There is less and less medicine and medical treatment available – but the number of births in Afghanistan remains unchanged. In addition, many people don’t have enough food to eat and only few opportunities to obtain cash. As a result, babies born in the past 100 days are very weak. A fact reported by our mobile health teams who are active on the ground. Newborns and nursing mothers in Afghanistan also face a heightened risk of succumbing to malnutrition this winter as the country battles one of the world’s largest food crises.
Support through mobile health teams
Save the Children’s mobile health teams are providing primary, newborn and maternal health services, as well as mental health and nutrition activities to the most vulnerable children and pregnant and nursing mothers. The organisation is also providing counselling on recommended feeding practices to protect, promote and support breastfeeding, complementary feeding, and providing children diverse and nutritious diets. In total, we have already been able to reach more than 13,900 people, including over 5,400 children, since September. This help is needed now more than ever to ensure the survival of many children.