UNICEF Afghanistan Humanitarian Situation Report No. 1: 1-31 January 2023

In October 2022, in Badghis Province, Afghanistan, 9-year-old girl Asna stands by the door of her home, where her family recently received cash assistance from UNICEF.


  • During January 2023, with the support of UNICEF and partners, more than 5.3 million people received essential health and nutrition services through static and mobile facilities.
  • Winter conditions were severe in many parts of the country with a significant increase in acute respiratory illnesses reported. UNICEF provided over 6,400 families with multi-purpose cash assistance as part of the winterisation response.
  • Overall, there is a nearly 20 per cent drop in SAM cases screened and admitted for treatment when compared to December 2022 due to a combination of the harsh winter season causing access challenges, more restrictions on women’s movement and the ban on women NGO staff leading to service gaps. Nutrition also requires urgent humanitarian funding to prevent a pipeline break of life saving therapeutic nutrition supplies in Q4 of 2023.  
  • UNICEF and partners reached 627,500 children and caregivers with preventive child protection services and response to child protection reports despite the ban on female NGO workers that forced about 30 per cent of child protection NGOs to pause activities.
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