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Emergency humanitarian action update, January 2016

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Fereshta, 7, is from Kunduz province but cur-rently lives in a camp for internally displaced persons in Kabul where WHO supports health service provisionFereshta, 7, is from Kunduz province but currently lives in a camp for internally displaced persons in Kabul where WHO supports health service provisionJanuary highlights

More health facilities were forced to close due to increasing insecurity and escalating conflict.

WHO will begin supporting Kunduz regional hospital to establish a trauma care unit with the provincial health authorities. The trauma care centre will have a 40-bed capacity for war trauma cases with 2 operating theatres. Medical equipment, medicines and non-medical supplies and additional human resources will be provided through WHO.

New mobile and static health clinics were established in January with WHO support to increase people’s access to basic health services.

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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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