22.8 million Afghan individuals will face severe hunger: UN agency


KABUL: More than half the population of Afghanistan – a record 22.8 million people-will face severe food insecurity from November, a UN aid organisation stated on Monday. This information regarding severe cravings was exposed in a new report released by Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) by the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster of Afghanistan, co-led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and the UN World Food Programme (WFP).
A WFP release mentioned that the combined effects of dry spell, dispute, Covid-19, and the economic crisis, have significantly impacted lives, livelihoods, and individuals’s access to food.
The report’s findings come as Afghanistan’s extreme winter looms, threatening to cut off areas of the nation where households frantically depend upon humanitarian support to make it through the freezing cold weather.
The IPC report has actually discovered that more than one in 2 Afghans will be dealing with crisis or emergency situation levels of acute food insecurity through November 2021 to March 2022 lean season, needing urgent humanitarian interventions to meet standard food requirements, protect incomes and avoid a humanitarian disaster.
The report also notes that this is the highest variety of acutely food insecure individuals ever recorded in the 10 years the UN has actually been conducting IPC analyses in Afghanistan. Internationally, Afghanistan is home to among the biggest variety of people in intense food insecurity in both absolute and relative terms
“It is urgent that we act efficiently and successfully to accelerate and scale up our delivery in Afghanistan before winter season cuts off a large part of the country, with millions of individuals – consisting of farmers, ladies, young children and the senior – going hungry in the freezing winter. It is a matter of life or death. We can not wait and see humanitarian disasters unfolding in front of us – it is unacceptable!” stated QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General.
“Afghanistan is now amongst the world’s worst humanitarian crises – if not the worst – and food security has all however collapsed. This winter season, millions of Afghans will be required to pick in between migration and starvation unless we can step up our life-saving support, and unless the economy can be resuscitated. We are on a countdown to catastrophe and if we do not act now, we will have an overall catastrophe on our hands,” stated David Beasley, WFP Executive Director.
“Cravings is increasing and children are dying. We can’t feed people on promises – funding dedications must turn into tough cash, and the global neighborhood should come together to address this crisis, which is fast spinning out of control,” Beasley warned.
The IPC report reflects a 37 per cent boost in the variety of Afghans dealing with acute appetite since the last assessment released in April 2021, WFP said.
Amongst those at risk are 3.2 million children under 5 who are expected to struggle with intense malnutrition by the end of the year. In October, WFP and UNICEF cautioned that a person million kids were at danger of dying from extreme intense poor nutrition without immediate life-saving treatment.

Published at Mon, 25 Oct 2021 16:42:02 -0500

US donated 100,000 Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines arrive in Nepal


KATHMANDU: An overall of 100,620 dosages of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine contributed by the United States of America got here in Kathmandu on Monday.
Sepideh Keyvanshad, Objective Director for US Firm for International Development (USAID) in Nepal, handed the delivery of coronavirus vaccines provided to Nepal on a grant. The delivery was gotten by Health Secretary Dr Roshan Pokhrel today.
The Health Secretary stated that the vaccine help would help to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. With this contribution, the Nepalese federal government is preparing to inoculate people above the age of 12 years and those with persistent health illness.
The USAID mission director revealed joy over getting a chance to join hands with Nepal in the battle versus the pandemic. Along with she committed that the Himalayan Country also would get extra dosages of the Pfizer vaccine in the day to come.
Nepal Health Ministry Spokesperson Dr Krishna Prasad Poudel stated the vaccines will be offered to people above 12, and the clients with persistent diseases. “The vaccination will begin with 23 healthcare facilities in the nation after the Chhath celebration,” Poudel stated.
Additionally, the Sher Bahadur Deuba government is preparing to bring additional 6 million dosages of Pfizer and 4 million dosages of Moderna vaccines from the US.

Released at Mon, 25 Oct 2021 14:20:20 -0500