NNSS Afghanistan Nutrition Bulletin_Feb 2017_PND ISSUE 7

The national sentinel-site based nutrition surveillance system has continued to collect data from 174 health facilities and 510 community sites. Community reports are currently being received from 24 provinces as of the 4th quarter of 2016. Fifteen provinces are consistently reporting in all quarters. Efforts to improve the quality of data have continued, including joint support visits to sentinel sites and implementing data quality assurance processes for the team. The general trends from health facility and community data show consistently high malnutrition levels, implying possible high levels of acute and malnutrition levels in the population that need further investigation through in-depth surveys. Generally the trends showed a decrease in malnutrition levels in Q4 when compared to those of Q3-2016.