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Emergency and Humanitarian Action, November 2017

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Key updates, November 2017

  • Conflict continued to displace families and individuals, which  created pressure on health services around the country in  November 2017. Due to the newly increased number of internally displaced persons from Khogiani district in the Eastern region, the host communities of the surrounding areas were stretched with patients.
  • Number of closed health facilities was increased in the southern region due to the deteriorated security situation.
  • In the eastern region, emergency health services were provided to a total of 6432 IDPs by partners (AADA, PU-AMI) in November.
  • In addition, 25 020 returnees and IDPs received outpatient services.
  • WHO maintained emergency health services at zero point  Torkham through a health centre administered by WHO, UNFPA and AADA, as well as via fixed health facilities in the region. 
  • A total of 164 families (739 individuals) of documented returnees returned to Afghanistan through Spin Boldak gate from Pakistan.
  • A total of 281 patients were treated by UNHCR encashment  center health facility with medicines provided by WHO.  

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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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