Afghanistan’s national sentinel-site based nutrition surveillance system has continued to collect data from 174 health facilities and 497 community sites. Community reporting has improved from 21 provinces in the second quarter to a total of 24 provinces reporting in quarter 3 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 introducing data quality assurance processes for the team. The general trends from health facility and community data show consistent malnutrition levels, implying possible high levels of acute and malnutrition levels in the population that need further investigation through in-depth surveys. Generally the results were showing increasing trends of malnutrition when compared to those of quarter 2 in 2015.
Understanding nutrition is important because the food you ingest on a day-to-day basis will have an immense influence on how your body feels and functions. Nutrition is the key to good health. Good health is not imperative to physical health alone, it implies mental and social well-being as well. In short, it means a healthy body, also provides a healthy mind and spirit.
Knowing the facts about nutrition will also help you realise that fad or ‘yo-yo’ diets can be detrimental to your physical and mental health. Learn from the resources available here, and enjoy the best of physical and mental health.