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Emergency and Humanitarian Action, February 2018

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  • Bird flu continued to be the main challenge for the west region in February 2018. Initially in January, bird flu was found in 4 farms, but the disease has now spread to several hundred poultry farms. As a result 460 000 chicken were disposed from affected farms.
  • The deteriorated security situation has resulted in the closure of several health facilities: two in Kandahar (Maruf Comprehensive Health Centre (CHC) and Nish CHC) and one in Urozgan province (Oshey CHC).
  • At the same time, Speen Jomat Basic Health Center (BHC) is the only open facility in Chaparhar district. Mobile health services have been used by partners to cover the vulnerable population.
  • Active fighting resulted in internal displacement of people in the Southern region, where in February alone 139 IDP families were identified in Kandahar, 489 in Urozgan and 205 in Helmand.
  • Measles outbreaks have been the major public health issues of concern with low routine immunization coverage reported as one of the main causes. 

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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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