Living standards in Afghanistan are considered among the lowest in the world. In 2015, the UN ranked Afghanistan 171 out of 188 countries on its global Human Development Index, which measures education, lifespan and economic performance.
More than one-third of people in Afghanistan live below the national poverty line—most of them in severe poverty. Survival is not taken for granted: one in every 10 children born in Afghanistan will die before age 5.
The Islamic Relief family has been working in Afghanistan for more than 20 years. In recent years, IRUSA donors have supported a wide range of programs in Afghanistan, from humanitarian relief to orphan support to women’s literacy.