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Emergency and Humanitarian Action, December 2017

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December 2017 updateMobile health teams of a French NGO PU-AMI delivered primary health services to IDPs in Sra Qala, Khogiani, under health cluster support

  • Conflict and displacement continued to affect delivery of health services across the country in December 2017.

  • In Nangarhar, the Khogiani IDPs continued to burden health services in surrounding districts.

  • 8 health facilities in 4 districts in the west region were closed by Taliban and 3 health facilities were closed in Kandahar. 

  • 1414 families were displaced in the northeastern region. 

  • A health centre in Shawalikot was burnt and a nurse and 2 vaccinators arrested. Two of the staff were released, but the facility remains closed.

  • In Helmand, a doctor and security guard of a health facility were arrested, but later released.

  • Two new polio cases were confirmed in Kandahar province, bringing the total number of polio cases in 2017 to 13.

  • In 2017, a total of 2640 families (12 634 individuals) of documented returnees returned to Afghanistan through Spinboldak gate from Pakistan: a decrease of 67% compared to 2016.  

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Key health-related statistics

Population (m) 29.7
Health expenditure (% of GDP) 9.5
Adult (15+) literacy rate (%) 34.8
Life expectancy at birth F/M (2010) 63.2-63.6

Sources: Central Statistics office, Afghanistan National health Accounts, Afghanistan Living Conditions Survey, Afghanistan mortality survey. 

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