UNICEF Afghanistan Humanitarian Situation Report: 1-31 March 2024

Situation Report #3 in 2024: 1-31 March

On 28th August 2023, Aslima Noorzai (a doctor) is talking with a mother brought her baby to the nutrition section in Baba-e- Barq clinic (Community Health Center) in Herat, western Afghanistan.



• 23.7 million people, including 12.3 million children, need humanitarian assistance in 2024, mainly due to the residual impacts of a protracted conflict, extreme climate shocks and the country's severe economic decline, which is characterized by high unemployment and a fragile recovery.
• Heavy rainfall across Afghanistan on 29 and 30 March resulted in the destruction of more than 1,500 acres of agricultural land and severe damage to over 540 homes, as well as other critical infrastructure across seven provinces.
• In March, 948,975 children under the age of five years were screened for wasting out of which 39,246 children (56 per cent girls) were admitted for treatment.
• In March 2024, 5,432,789 people received basic and essential health and nutrition services at health facilities supported by UNICEF, with half (2,7146,630 individuals) being children under five years of age.

UNICEF Afghanistan Humanitarian Situation Report No. 3 - March 2024