02 June 2024

Additional Financing for the World Bank-financed Health Emergency Response project in Afghanistan (HER AF)

The World Bank is financing the Additional Financing to the Afghanistan Health Emergency Response (HER AF) project implemented by UNICEF, WFP and their respective NGO Service Providers (SPs), Cooperating Partners (CPs), and contractors to provide essential health services to the population of Afghanistan. The project development objective (PDO) for the Additional Financing is to increase the utilization and quality of essential health and nutrition services in Afghanistan. The words “and nutrition” have been added to reflect both the enhanced focus on promoting nutritional outcomes among vulnerable pregnant women and mothers of young children.The project consists of three components:Urgent provision of essential primary and secondary healthcare (UNICEF)Strengthening service delivery and project coordination (UNICEF)Strengthening demand and access to anhance nutritional outcomes among the most vulnerable (WFP)In line with the World Bank ESF as well as relevant national laws, each agency’s respective ES policies, UNICEF and WFP have revised this ESMF which was prepared under the parent Afghanistan Health Emergency Response Project (P178775). These revisions include the proposed changes to the scope of the project including the new component 3 on the Maternal and Child Benefit Program. This updated ESMF further builds on lessons learned from the parent project to ensure the effective management of E&S risks.
14 May 2023

Four steps to deliver dramatic results for malnourished children

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – More than 3,000 health facilities in Afghanistan reach around 85 per cent of the population, mostly in rural and semi-urban areas. But in urban areas, it is the larger city hospitals that fill gaps in health and nutrition care. These hospitals are often supported by a patchwork of national and international NGOs.  This system…, Turning crisis to opportunity, The emergency in Afghanistan offered UNICEF the chance to re-examine nutrition services in urban settings. In partnership with the European Union (EU), UNICEF could address the grave gaps in nutrition care and design a four-part strategy to scale nutrition services in urban areas., On 22 August 2019 at Kishim district hospital, Northern Afghanistan, 10-month-old Fatima is screened by doctors and diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition (SAM). Expanded outpatient and inpatient departments, In response to overcrowded out-patient and in-patient facilities in urban hospitals, which were unable to cope with demand, the urban scale-up strategy provided more rooms, more equipment, and more staff. Initially, European Union funding covered 68 health facilities with out-patient departments for severe acute malnutrition services., An Afghan woman holds cash she has received as part a UNICEF-provided humanitarian cash assistance programme in Badghis Province, western Afghanistan. Incentives to caregivers, As the economy crumbled and poverty soared, in-patient care came into sharp focus. Parents do not have the money to stay in the hospital with their critically ill children. Many others have other children at home and live on infrequent daily wages. Although care is free, the cost of transportation or missed daily wages can still be high for many…, On 7 March 2023, at the Anjerak nutrition daycare center in Kabul, children and their mothers share a hot meal, prepared together during a cooking demonstration at the center. Day-care centres, In the most densely populated areas, in the heart of neighborhoods, UNICEF created day-care centres.  These offer nutrition counselling, treatment, a playroom for children, hot lunches prepared following a cooking demonstration, and the opportunity for mothers to meet in a safe environment. These centres are cost-effective and successfully reach…, On 3rd October 2022, children listen to Naz Gul, a nutrition promoter with the UNICEF-supported mobile health and nutrition team, in Safeedi-Mish village, Nili District in Daikundi Province, central Afghanistan. Community engagement, The work by women inside the day-care centres is complemented by outreach during community gatherings, including weddings. Male social behaviour mobilisers advocate with fathers and community members to encourage mothers to take their children for screening of malnutrition, receive treatment when necessary, and learn about routine growth…, Nutrition day-care centres: An oasis of hope and respite, By the end of 2022, UNICEF opened 50 day-care centres across Kabul. The centres are bright, warm and welcoming. They are an oasis of hope and respite in communities. Each centre caters solely to women and children, and each employs a female nurse and a female nutrition promoter. The centres receive around 30 mothers and 35 children every day. On…