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More than three decades of conflict have made Afghanistan an incredibly dangerous place to grow up.

Protecting Children

We’re working hard on the ground to protect children, stand up for their rights and provide vital healthcare. And we're giving girls the chance to learn.

Children in many parts of Afghanistan are at risk of being killed or injured in violence. Some are recruited into armed groups and many have to take on perilous work to help their families survive.

Many girls are at risk of exploitation, abuse and early marriage, and although maternal and child mortality rates have dropped significantly in recent years, one in 250 women still dies due to pregnancy-related causes.

Despite the risks, our teams are in Afghanistan working with communities, religious leaders, ministries and charities to turn things around. We speak out when children’s rights are violated. We support national child protection networks and we provide social workers.

Improving health services

In some areas, there have been no medical professionals for decades. Our trained midwives, community health workers, doctors and mobile clinics are making great progress in reducing child deaths and keeping mothers safe through pregnancy.

By focusing on infant and young child feeding, we’re combatting high rates of malnutrition and stunting. We train community health workers to identify malnourished children and we support feeding centres where they can receive life-saving treatment.

Support for learning

In education, we’re working with the government to develop community-based classes. These give girls a chance to go to school and help children who have been out of school to catch up on what they’ve missed.

Where families have been displaced by conflict, we offer emergency support and cash transfers to help them get back on their feet.

Students in a classroom at a school for street working children in Fayzabad, Badakhshan, North Eastern Afghanistan.

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