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Emergency humanitarian update, December 2016

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Eight-year-old Ahmad Jan gets treatment for his leg injury at a trauma unit supported by WHO in Kunduz8-year-old Ahmad Jan gets treatment for his leg injury at a trauma unit supported by WHO in Kunduz

Highlights, December 2016

  • WHO continued to support health services and trauma care in conflict-affected areas during December.
  • 592 324 people have been internally displaced due to conflict in 2016, the highest on record. All provinces and a third of all districts are now hosting internally displaced persons (IDPs), with Helmand, Kunduz, Takhar, Baghlan, Uruzgan and Farah experiencing the highest numbers of displacements. (OCHA).
  • 4.5 million people live in conflict-affected districts with extremely constrained access to health services.
  • Pneumonia cases are increasing as people suffer from harsh winter weather conditions - WHO stepped up the distribution of medical supplies and medicines for vulnerable populations for the winter
  • Four new Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever outbreaks were reported in December.

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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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