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

Annual report 2021

January to December 2021

Current Challenges


  • Weak integration of nutrition into health system, with 38% of health facilities not providing services for SAM children and 55% for MAM children. As a result, 72% of the 406 districts had a SAM treatment coverage rate below 50%, and 71% of districts for MAM.
  • The continued Covid 19 related restrictions in the world, as well as the largest wave of Covid 19 experienced in the country has impacted on nutrition service delivery by providers (revised admission criteria) and service-seeking habits by community members, lowering admissions in the treatment program. This is additional to the Covid 19 related increase of the global supplier led time to supply delivery.
  • The armed conflict and change of power, with the related uncertainties and restrictions impeded emergency nutrition programming by various ways, including large population displacements, destabilization of the health system, denial of female aid worker rights, bank closure and related financial sector problems, and in-country constrained road and air transport and prolonged customs and border clearances of supplies.
  • The surveillance system relied only on proxy indicators fed through secondary data, since lack of funds and Covid-19 related restrictions limited the number of population-based surveys conducted.
  • Limited partner presence. The latest partner presence map reports only 31 who are operational in the 34 provinces of the country, with 16 being local BPHS NGO partners and 15 non BPHS partners (9 international and 6 national NGOs).

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


UN agencies

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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