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Emergency humanitarian update, April 2016

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Surgeons operate on a patient at the WHO-supported emergency surgical centre in Lashkargah Helmand provinceSurgeons operate on a patient at the WHO-supported emergency surgical centre in Lashkargah Helmand provinceKey updates

  • Afghanistan continues to be impacted by emergencies, including mass casualty incidents, natural disasters and disease outbreaks.
  • A major complex attack on the headquarters of a military unit killed 64 and injured around 350 people, many of whom were civilians. A major road traffic accident killed more than 70 people in Ghazni.
  • 24 people lost their lives due to flash floods in Badghis and Takhar.
  • Military operations in Kunduz and related conflicts killed one person, injured 35 and led to sporadic internal displacement.
  • An earthquake on 10 April resulted in the temporary evacuation of 231 families from Badakhshan and Takhar provinces.
  • 8 measles outbreaks were reported by DEWS in April with 608 cases—two CCHF and one pertussis outbreak were also reported.

Emergency and Humanitarian Action, Issue 4, April 2016 [pdf 498kb]

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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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