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Bamyan SMART Survey Report April 2021

The results of this survey showed a GAM and SAM prevalence of 9.0% (7.1 – 11.2 95% CI) and a 1.3% (0.7- 2.4 95% CI) respectively; based on MUAC, the prevalence is at 9.8% (7.9 – 12.2 95% CI) and 1.7 % (1.0 - 3.2 95% CI) GAM and SAM respectively. The prevalence (by WHZ) falls under the medium category of emergency-threshold classification as per the latest update WHO/UNICEF 2018 threshold. The SAM rate by WHZ is however below the 3.0% threshold established by the MoPH, Nutrition Cluster, and the AIM-WG for the response prioritization in the Afghanistan context as contrary. The WHZ GAM rate observed in the current survey indicates a slight increase in the prevalence of acute malnutrition since SMART 2017 the GAM prevalence was 8.6% (6.6 – 11.1 95% CI) and SAM was 1.0% (0.5 – 1.8 95% CI).

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