Help Fight Malnutrition in Afghanistan and Beyond

An escalating global hunger crisis is pushing one child into severe malnutrition every minute in 15 crisis-hit countries. In places like Yemen, the Horn of Africa and Afghanistan, more families are struggling to put food on the table.

Just $10 a month can help reach children with life-saving therapeutic food

An escalating global hunger crisis is pushing one child into severe malnutrition every minute in 15 crisis-hit countries.

Children are going hungry in Afghanistan

A baby assessed for malnutrition
Safa, 7 months old, is suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Her parents have brought her for treatment at the nutrition department of a UNICEF-supported health centre.
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It’s been a year since the Taliban took over in Afghanistan, and even more families are suffering extreme poverty. Life for children is harder than ever before. 

More than 1 million children under five are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year and are at risk of dying without immediate treatment.  

UNICEF has been in Afghanistan for 65 years. We have a presence in every region, and in the past year, we’ve been scaling up our teams to make an even greater impact for children.  

Thanks to pre-positioned supplies made possible by our monthly donors, since January we’ve already been able to treat nearly 280,000 children under five years old in Afghanistan for severe acute malnutrition. 

But many more children are going hungry. We can reach them, but we can't do it alone.

For just $10 a month, you could help to send life-saving supplies like therapeutic food to children in urgent need.

Help Fight Malnutrition in Afghanistan and Beyond

An escalating global hunger crisis is pushing one child into severe malnutrition every minute in 15 crisis-hit countries.

A young girl eats food from a sachet
After fleeing conflict, Parwana was diagnosed as suffering from severe acute malnutrition. UNICEF has provided life-saving therapeutic food to help her recover.
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Parwana is one of more than 1 million children with severe acute malnutrition. Her family fled their home due to conflict and found safety in the west of Afghanistan.    

Her mother Malika is the only breadwinner of her family and earns just $0.5 per kilogram by weaving yarn from fleece. It's not enough to buy the food the family needs.  

By becoming a monthly donor today, you could help to deliver life-saving therapeutic food, and protect the futures of children, no matter where they live. 

Support children like Parwana

An escalating global hunger crisis is pushing one child into severe malnutrition every minute in 15 crisis-hit countries.

What impact could my monthly donation make?

In 2021, Global Parents helped UNICEF respond to the urgent needs of children in conflict and affected by the spread of COVID-19. Our Global Parents helped us to provide assistance in new and ongoing humanitarian emergencies across 149 countries. 

69 mill

people with access to safe water and basic sanitation (2018-2021)*

336 mill

children with services to prevent malnutrition*

48.6 mill

children out-of-school with access to learning materials*

*UNICEF Annual Report 2021

We still need more Global Parents to help fearlessly deliver UNICEF boxes of life-saving supplies. For just $10 a month, you could help to send life-saving therapeutic food. No child is too far or too hard to reach.  

Every delivery is much more than supplies. It is a box of opportunity – a future for a child where they not only survive, but thrive.  

What do I get for being a Global Parent? 

  • Being part of a passionate community of champions for children. 
  • Exclusive tickets to events and webinars with UNICEF field-workers and partners. 
  • Regular updates on the impact of your donations on the lives of children. 
  • An annual tax statement. 
$1

    How do we use each dollar donated?

  • 82¢
    went directly to program expenditure and community education, including long-term development and emergency response work.
  • 12¢
    covers the essential costs of raising public awareness and fundraising to generate more support for UNICEF’s work.
  • 6¢
    was spent on UNICEF Australia’s accountability and administration.
A baby is held in the arms of a woman with a full burqa
© UNICEF/UN0562533/Romenzi

Help Fight Malnutrition in Afghanistan and Beyond

An escalating global hunger crisis is pushing one child into severe malnutrition every minute in 15 crisis-hit countries.