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Emergency humanitarian action update, February 2016

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Tahira_waits_for_her_medical_check_at_a_WHO-supported_mobile_clinic_in_Bamyan_provinceTahira waits for her medical check at a WHO-supported mobile clinic in Bamyan provinceKey updates

  • WHO distributed essential medical supplies and medicines to benefit 164 860 people seeking health care supplies, including diarrhoeal disease kit, trauma kits A+B,interagency emergency health kit, supplementary malaria module and the IEHK basic unit, were delivered to provincial health directorates in Badghis, Balkh, Faryab, Kapisa, Kunduz, Logar and Parwan provinces.
  • WHO supplied 11 provinces with equipment for blood banks and trained health facility focal points on the installation and use of supplies and equipment.
  • WHO is supporting the reconstruction of Momand Dara comprehensive health centre in Kunar province—the health facility was badly damaged in the earthquake that struck Afghani-stan on 26 October 2015.
  • Support to a measles awareness campaign provided by WHO in Nangarhar province, targeting areas with low immunization coverage to reach more children with life-saving vaccines.

Emergency and Humanitarian Action, Issue 2, February 2016 [pdf 591kb]

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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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