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Emergency and Humanitarian Action, January 2018

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Quarantine and disposal of chickens in one of the farms where bird flu was confirmed  Quarantine and disposal of chickens in one of the farms where bird flu was confirmed Key updates January 2018

  • Bird flu outbreak was reported from four poultry farms in Herat city on 17 January 2018. Precautionary measures were taken to  quarantine the areas and dispose of the infected birds. The preventive and controlling activities are still ongoing in the province.
  • A total of 1047 families were displaced due to conflict in  northeastern and southern regions.
  • In Kunar and Nangarhar province, cross border shelling from  Pakistan resulted in an increased number of trauma cases.
  • A total of six health facilities were closed in January 2018 in Kandahar, Urozgan and Nangarhar provinces.
  • Mobile Health Teams were deployed in Nangarhar province to provide healthcare services to the affected population.  

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

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