One UN for nutrition in Afghanistan - Translating global policy into action: A policy shift to tackle wasting

Severe wasting treatment services in Afghanistan are delivered as part of the Basic Package for Health Services (BPHS) through government health facilities. While progress has been made to improve treatment coverage and programme performance, further scale-up has been impeded by reliance on short-term emergency funding and a narrow funding base, the insecure and expensive supply of imported readyto-use therapeutic food (RUTF) and a high wasting burden. Prevention is central to the vision for wasting management in Afghanistan; opportunities exist to leverage existing programmes and to play to agency strengths.