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Emergency and Humanitarian Action, March 2018

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  • In March 2018, 119 families (536 individuals) of documented returnees returned to Afghanistan through Spinboldak gate from Pakistan.
  • Active fighting resulted in internal displacement of 36 families in Kandahar and 101 families were displaced due to a flood in the same city. 
  • The deteriorated security situation in the Southern region resulted in an increased number of closed health facilities. Two comprehensive health centres (Maruf CHC and Nish CHC) were closed in Kandahar, and one CHC (Oshey) was closed in Urozgan.
  • Eight health facilities were closed in 4 districts of Nangarhar by armed groups  temporarily, and as a consequence a population of 149 400 had no access to health services during this time. All facilities have now re-opened.

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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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