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Emergency and humanitarian update, May 2015

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Midwife Shakila listens to a baby's heartbeat in a WHO-supported mobile clinic in BamyanMidwife Shakila listens to a baby's heartbeat in a WHO-supported mobile clinic in BamyanHighlights, May 2015

  • 10 suspected Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever outbreaks were reported from Herat province in May, with the support of WHO, intensive outbreak control activities are carried out by the Herat Emergency Preparedness and Response and Zoonotic Committees.
  • A second polio case in 2015 was reported from Farah province.
  • 9 measles (Paktika 7, Ghor 1, Uruzgan 1) and 2 pertussis (Paktika 1, Kandahar 1) outbreaks were reported in May 2015.
  • Measles vaccination campaign is completed in Khost, Helmand and Kandahar provinces and immunization campaigns continue in other provinces.
  • There was an increase of complex attacks around the country; the windows and doors of a health facility run by Afghan Red Crescent Society in Qalat city of Zabul Province were damaged by an explosion but the facility remains functional.

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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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