NNS – 2004 Report

Malnutrition and vitamin and mineral deficiencies contribute to decreased learning capacity among infants and young children, reduced physical work capacity among adults, and increased morbidity and mortality among affected populations.

Poor nutritional status is a widespread and enduring public health problem in Afghanistan and seriously affects the health, productivity and development of our people. Overt clinical manifestations of essential nutrient deficiencies, including those that are very rare in other countries (e.g. scurvy) are common. We believe the mental and physical capacities of our population are significantly compromised by poor nutrition, and malnutrition is one of the most important underlying factors for the high rates of infant, child and maternal morbidity and mortality in our country.