According to the International Committee of the Red Cross in Afghanistan, as winter approaches and the economic crisis worsens, child pneumonia and malnutrition cases are on the rise.
According to a press release issued on Thursday, from 33 ICRC-supported hospitals across the country, child malnutrition cases have increased by 90% in 2022 compared to last year, rising from 33,000 to 63,000 cases. Pneumonia cases among children have increased by 55% in 2022 compared to the same period last year, according to the ICRC.
Martin Schüepp, ICRC’s director of operations said, “Afghan families face an impossible choice: To eat or to buy heat. And, really, they can’t afford either, resulting in a frightening rise in malnutrition and pneumonia cases.”