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L3 Emergency

Coordination mechanism: Formally activated Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Cluster
Year of activation: 2008
NCC: UNICEF Fixed-Term International Professional (P4)
Deputy: Action Contre la Faim
IMO: Fixed-Term National Officer (NOC)
Coordination arrangement: National Cluster at Kabul-level, with five sub-national
clusters in Herat, Mazar, Nangarhar, Kandahar and Kabul, respectively

Country Key Contacts

Hermann Ouedraogo

Nutrition Cluster Coordinator

Paul Wasike

Deputy Coordinator

Said M Yaqoob Azimi

Information Management Specialist

Mid-year report 2021

January to June 2021

Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP)


Current Challenges
  • Third wave of COVID-19 pandemic, conflict-related access challenges continue to hamper the delivery of the much-needed lifesaving emergency nutrition services, as well as mandatory program monitoring and supportive supervision. Thus, attaining good coverage of nutrition interventions in an evolving nutrition situation continued to be a challenge.
  • Inadequate and late funding for lifesaving nutrition activities was still a major challenge for nutrition cluster partners leading to delayed response in some of the priority locations. The funding gap for lifesaving nutrition intervention activities has hindered the scale up of the SAM treatment. Of particular concern is the shortage of ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) stock. As a mitigation measure, UNICEF is working with MoPH/PND and global experts to adjust the dose of RUTF required for the treatment of children with SAM. In addition to the challenges securing stable funding for life-saving interventions with therapeutic nutrition supplies, other challenges persist due to COVID-19 measures, such as not being able to conduct on-site in-person capacity building training for CHWs and frontline health and nutrition partners staff.
  • Insufficient spacing at health and nutrition facilities continues to be a challenge in terms of enforcing physical distancing.
  • For a constant emergency response, there is a need to strengthen the capacity of the partners at sub national level to respond to the emergencies. However, the capacity building sessions had been planned but due to COVID situation it is not implemented yet.

Key Figures in 2021


Funding in 2021

Number of SAM under-five children in need 2021
Number of MAM under-five children in need 2021
Number of children 6-59 months in need of BSFP- Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme 2021
Number of children 6-59 months in need of Vitamin A Supplementation 2021
Number of children 6-59 months in need of Micronutrient Powder Supplementation 2021
Number of PLW counselled (one-on-one) on IYCF 2021
Number of moderately acutely malnourished PLW in need 2021
Number of PLW in need Of BSFP 2021
Number of PW in need of iron/folate supplementation 2021

Total Partners


National NGOs
UN agencies
International NGOs
Government authorities

Key Resources

list of important documents

AFGHANISTAN: Humanitarian Response Plan 2018-2021 - Mid-Year Monitoring Report (Jan - Jun 2020)

Summary After 40 years of war, annual natural disasters and persistent poverty, the people of Afghanistan have been dealt another deadly blow from COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown Afghanistan into an unprecedented health, social and economic crisis requiring urgent action and solidarity f...


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