1 in 2 Afghani Children Will Battle Malnutrition in 2022

Today, the situation unfolding in Afghanistan is getting worse by the hour.

Without help, 1 in 2 children under five in Afghanistan will be acutely malnourished in 2022.

Rising malnutrition, COVID -19, drought, disruptions to health care and crippling winter weather are putting 12.9 million children lives at risk.

The situation in Afghanistan is critical, and now winter will make it worse.

Winter in Afghanistan is severe, with temperatures regularly dropping below freezing. Without winter clothing, blankets and fuel, hungry children will struggle to survive.

Already our teams on the ground are seeing high volumes of children with pneumonia. Families are desperately trying to keep their homes and children warm. Conflict and violence have forced 3.5 million people from their homes, with little more than they could carry. Snow and freezing rain are putting these children at risk, especially in mountainous regions.

Please help children in danger and donate now. This is a race against time to keep them alive.

A young boy is seen in Charah-e-Qamber, a camp for internally displaced people in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, during winter weather conditions with snow on the ground.

We are approaching a critical juncture for Afghanistan’s children, as winter brings with it a multitude of threats to their health. There is no time to lose. Without urgent, concerted action - including ensuring we have the resources to deploy additional cash transfers and winter supplies - many of the country’s children will not live to see spring.

- Abdul Kadir Musse, UNICEF Afghanistan Representative


Afghanistan’s Children Urgently Need your Help NOW

The situation of children in Afghanistan was dire even before the Taliban take-over. But right now, with temperatures dropping as low as -25⁰C degrees Celsius in mountainous areas – a total of 12.9 million children are estimated to be in need of assistance.

We urgently need support to prevent this crisis from becoming a catastrophe.

Malnourished children have poor immune systems and are extremely vulnerable to life-threatening diseases like cholera and diarrhoea.

With a presence stretching back 70 years in Afghanistan and 13 offices across the country, UNICEF is well placed to respond to the emergency and is scaling up its lifesaving programmes for children and women, but we need your urgent support.

Shaziyah, 6, waits for her turn to have a medical check-up. She went to the Mobile health and nutrition team with her mother because she had a cold.

How Your Donations Save Lives

€60 could help provide a set of winter clothing for a 5 year child.

€75 will provide enough peanut paste to treat 15 dangerously malnourished children who will not get better without help.

€120 could help provide emergency shelter kits for three families.

Please help children struggling to survive by donating now to UNICEF Ireland.

€75 will supply enough peanut paste to treat 15 dangerously malnourished children like little Khadija.

Other Ways to Donate

You can help us reach more children affected by the conflict and natural disasters. Please donate today and help us protect children in emergencies.

You can make a donation by phone, you can reach us on 01 878 3000, our office hours are Monday to Friday 09:00 – 18:00.

You can send your donation by post to


UNICEF Ireland,

33 Lower Ormond Quay,

Dublin D01 R283.


In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed UNICEF’s funding requirements for this appeal, your donation will be directed to where the need is greatest.