Malnutrition and infectious diseases threaten 20 million people in Afghanistan, WHO warns

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a stark warning that 20 million people in Afghanistan are at risk of malnutrition and infectious diseases due to acute food insecurity.

“The impact of acute food insecurity in Afghanistan is devastating, with 20 million people at risk of malnutrition, infectious diseases, and other health issues.” WHO stated in a tweet on Sunday. “WHO joins forces with partners to address this crisis and ensure access to life-saving resources,” the organization added.

The UN report paints a grim picture, revealing that half of Afghanistan’s population is facing hunger, and 28 million people require humanitarian aid. Of particular concern is the fact that around six million people are on the brink of famine, with emergency levels of food insecurity.

The situation has been exacerbated by the Taliban’s ban on women’s work, including women working in UN offices. As a result, poverty and hunger have worsened, and international organizations have been suspending activities in Afghanistan. The United Nations warned on Tuesday that the Taliban’s actions have left the organization facing an “appalling choice” between staying in Afghanistan and adhering to its principles.