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Poverty causing high rates of child mortality and malnutrition in Afghanistan

KABUL [ACTED News] - One of the highest child mortality rates in the world, and more than 50% of children under five malnourished. A joint report released by the Afghan Ministry of Economy and the World Bank has highlighted the multidimensional nature of poverty in Afghanistan, and its impact on the most vulnerable.

Two major factors which the report illustrates and ACTED is addressing, are food insecurity and the lack of a social security net. ACTED is currently implementing food security and cash transfer projects targeting some 26,000 beneficiaries in the northern provinces of Faryab and Balkh, with support from the World Food Programme, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department, and the UK Department for International Development.