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Emergency humanitarian action update, December 2015

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WHO is supporting the renovation of an isola-tion ward and waste management unit of Nangarhar Regional HospitalWHO is supporting the renovation of an isolation ward and waste management unit of Nangarhar regional hospitalKey updates for December 

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Afghanistan on 25 December 2015 – 15 people were injured, 91 homes damaged and 6 homes destroyed in the earthquake that affected 680 people in 22 districts.

Multiple disease outbreaks during December: 4 measles, 2 Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, 2 scabies and one pertussis outbreak reported.

Continuing measles outbreaks after the July/August national measles vaccination campaign poses a concern for public health in Afghanistan.

Pneumonia cases exceeded the national average for the time of year.

An estimated 200 000 people had been displaced by the end of 2015, a 64% increase from 2014.

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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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