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Emergency and Humanitarian Action, May 2017

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Child_tended_to_by_nurse_in_hospitalNurse Zahra checks a child’s blood pressure at the Emergency Surgical Centre for War Victims in Helmand supported by WHO and ECHO. WHO/G.ElhamKey updates

  • A major explosion in Kabul on 31 May killed at least 150 people and injured hundreds.
  • The deteriorated security situation resulted in the closure of more health facilities in the Southern and Eastern regions—15 health facilities reported being either closed or only partially open.
  • 61 disease outbreaks were reported in May — 40% of outbreaks were attributed to measles and 25% to Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever.
  • The National Disease Surveillance and Response system confirmed 65 cases of rabies in May — the outbreak was investigated and responded to by the Emergency Preparedness and Response team in Laghman Province.

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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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