Afghan children face the worst chances of survival on the planet. Considered one of the most dangerous places on earth, Afghanistan is wracked with political turmoil, war, drought, and extreme winters. The country has the highest proportion of chronically malnourished children, resulting in widespread stunting.
Stunting is more than being short. Children with stunted growth — like six out of 10 in Afghanistan — have little opportunity to thrive. Stunting causes impairment in brain development, which means a child is less likely to learn, and later in life earn a livable income. Their weakened immune systems make them more vulnerable to disease.
In the last decade, World Vision trained hundreds of health professionals in western Afghanistan to care for pregnant women and their children before, during, and after birth. Supplying farmers with tools and drought-resistant seeds — and appropriate training — World Vision helped hundreds more families balance their diets and increase their incomes through greater crop yields.
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