UNICEF Afghanistan Humanitarian Situation Report: January - December 2022

Year-End Cumulative Report for 2022

A baby boy in Herat, Afghanistan is vaccinated at Babaye Barq Clinic with support from UNICEF.


In 2022, Afghanistan remained one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Already strained by decades of conflict and natural disasters, and distanced from the global community, the situation nationwide deteriorated in 2022.

Physical access improved to some of the most remote and rural areas, but bureaucratic impediments, threats, and intimidation of humanitarian workers – including detentions and restrictions on female humanitarian workers – increasingly hindered UNICEF’s ability to deliver critical services.

Violations of women’s and girls' fundamental rights sharply increased – from denying girls access to secondary school, to barring women from walking in parks, and banning women NGO workers.

UNICEF prioritized life-saving activities in underserved areas with multiple needs throughout 2022, including WASH, health, nutrition, education, and child protection, as well as cash-based assistance to respond to sudden onset disasters and help families meet their basic needs.

In 2022, with UNICEF support:

  • More than 18 million people accessed primary healthcare
  • 662,866 children under five received life-saving treatment for severe wasting
  • More than 556,000 children (55 per cent girls) accessed education through community-based education classes
  • Over 9 million people received child protection services
Cover page of 2022 year-end Situation Report for UNICEF Afghanistan
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