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Emergency and Humanitarian Action, September 2017

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A mass casualty management simulaton was arranged by WHO in TakharA mass casualty management simulaton was arranged by WHO in TakharUpdates, September 2017

  • The health cluster partners served 79 924 beneficiaries during September. Almost 62% of the beneficiaries were female and 38% were male.
  • A total of 26 357 returnees received out-patient diagnosis and emergency primary health care services, including TB screening, at the Torkham crossing point.
  • 258 families (1,311 individuals) of documented returnees arrived from Pakistan through Spin Boldak. 303 patients among documented returnees were treated by a health facility for which WHO supplied medicines.  
  • 244 families (1,507 Individuals) of undocumented returnees returned to Afghanistan through Spin Boldak border. 
  • 8012 children received vaccination by health partners. 
  • Security remains a concern with an increase in the closure of health facilities. 
  • AGE-related security incidents also hindered monitoring and supervision of health activities and have forced people to leave their homes.  

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Key health-related statistics

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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