Afghanistan Appeal

UNICEF is on the ground providing an urgent humanitarian life-line for children and families in desperate need.


About this appeal

For years, Afghanistan has been one of the worst places on earth to be a child. And over the last few months the situation for these children has gotten worse. 

The arrival of winter has brought with it another set of deadly challenges for families already stretched to breaking point by; Covid-19, alarming disruptions in health and nutrition services, a disastrous food crisis, drought, as well as outbreaks of measles and other preventable diseases.

Right now, more than 24 million people in Afghanistan, half of whom are children* are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. 

Please donate now to support children in Afghanistan.

Your gift today will help us rush urgently needed supplies to children and families.

Our work in Afghanistan
Our work in Afghanistan

Stay and deliver

Even in the face of this uncertain crisis, UNICEF is continuing our work for children and families across Afghanistan.  

We’ve been in country for 65 years, and currently have a presence in every region.  In that time, we’ve nurtured community networks and built trust with everyone we need to get the job done. 

As conditions worsen, we need to urgently scale-up our response now that winter has arrived and the on-going drought situation continues. 

Please give now to help protect children and families in Afghanistan. 

Our work ahead in 2022
Our work ahead in 2022

In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed UNICEF’s funding requirements for this appeal, your one off or monthly gift will go to our Greatest Need.  

Your life-saving monthly donations will support this appeal for 6 months. After that they will go into our Global Parent fund to save and protect children worldwide.


Appeal information updated 18th of January 2022. 


How will you help

While children and families in Afghanistan still need us, UNICEF has no intention of leaving. Through dynamic contingency planning, UNICEF revised its response strategy and has adjusted targets and operations to ensure that programs can be delivered.  

By making a donation today, you'll be helping our humanitarian effort across a range of areas.

In November 2021 alone;

UNICEF provided more than 10,000 front-line health workers in over 1,000 health facilities with salaries and supported over 1,000 health facilities with medical supplies and winter heating materials. 

UNICEF also provided critical primary health care services, including immunisation, through health facilities and mobile health and nutrition teams.

UNICEF vaccinated nearly 105,000 children aged between 6 months and five years old against measles. A nationwide polio campaign reached 8.5 million children, including over 2 million children living in previously inaccessible areas.

UNICEF was able to treat more than 37,000 children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition; provided over 22,000 people with access to safe water, including through water trucking; and distributed cash to the provinces with the highest poverty rate and most severe winter conditions, along with winter clothes.   

Where is UNICEF present?

We have a presence in every region of Afghanistan, including 11 offices operating across the country. Combined with our staff, volunteers and network of partners on the ground, these offices enable us to reach children in need, wherever they are.

If the fighting becomes too intense and our teams are in danger, we may temporarily relocate them - but that doesn’t stop us delivering critical support to children and families.

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Appeal updates

Child marriage on the rise in Afghanistan

Published on Tue Nov 16 2021


"I am deeply concerned by reports that child marriage in Afghanistan is on the rise." - UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.

UNICEF has received credible reports of families offering daughters as young as 20 days old up for future marriage in return for a dowry.

Even before the latest political instability, UNICEF’s partners registered 183 child marriages and 10 cases of selling of children over 2018 and 2019 in Herat and Baghdis provinces alone. The children were between 6 months and 17 years of age.

UNICEF estimates that 28% of Afghan women aged 15–49 years were married before the age of 18.

“The COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing food crisis and the onset of winter have further exacerbated the situation for families." says Ms Fore

In 2020, almost half of Afghanistan’s population was so poor that they lacked necessities such as basic nutrition or clean water.

The extremely dire economic situation in Afghanistan is pushing more families deeper into poverty and forcing them to make desperate choices, such as putting children to work and marrying girls off at a young age.

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As most teenage girls are still not allowed to go back to school, the risk of child marriage is now even higher. Education is often the best protection against negative coping mechanisms such as child marriage and child labour.

UNICEF is working with partners to raise communities’ awareness of the risks for girls if they are married early. Child marriage can lead to a lifetime of suffering. Girls who marry before they turn 18 are less likely to remain in school and more likely to experience domestic violence, discrimination, abuse and poor mental health. They are also more vulnerable to complications in pregnancy and childbirth.

“We have started a cash assistance programme to help offset the risk of hunger, child labour and child marriage among the most vulnerable families. We plan to scale up this and other social services programmes in the months to come." says Ms Fore.

UNICEF will also work with religious leaders to ensure that they are not involved in the “Nekah” (the marriage contract) for young girls.

But this is not enough.

UNICEF is calling on central, provincial and local authorities to take concrete measures to support and safeguard the most vulnerable families and girls. We urge the de facto authorities to prioritize the reopening of schools for all secondary school girls and allow all-female teachers to resume their jobs without any further delays.

“The future of an entire generation is at stake.”

First aircraft carrying UNICEF lifesaving medical supplies arrives in Kabul

Published on Fri Oct 01 2021

First aircraft carrying UNICEF lifesaving medical supplies arrives in Kabul

On 29 September 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan, the first aircraft carrying UNICEF lifesaving medical supplies arrived through the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) Airbridge.

32 metric tonnes containing essential drugs, oral rehydration salts and antibiotics, medical and surgical supplies were flown in, covering the urgent needs of 100,000 children and women for the next three months.

The supplies touch down as health facilities across Afghanistan face serious shortages of supplies and medications.

“These medical supplies come at a critical time for children and mothers in Afghanistan as they face an escalating health and nutrition crisis,” said Herve Ludovic De Lys, UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan. “We thank the EU for their support to ensure children and mothers can receive the basic health services they require.”

This is the first of two consignments planned to be flown into Kabul via the ECHO Airbridge. The next one is due early October.

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