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Emergency humanitarian update, January 2017

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Sitara_young_Afghan_girl_in_hospital_bedSitara was treated at the WHO-supported trauma care unit in Kunduz after a rocket destroyed her house, causing serious injuries to her and her four sisters (WHO/S.Ramo)

January 2017 update

  • A record number of civilian casualties was reported in 2016 by UNAMA, with 3498 civilians killed and 7920 injured. Children are suffering disproportionately from the conflict: an increase of 24% in child casualties was recorded form the previous year.
  • 304 families were reported to be internally displaced due to escalating violence and insecurity in Helmand in January 2017.
  • Over 650 000 people were internally displaced by conflict in 2016 — an increase of 38% from 2015 (OCHA).
  • Heavy rains and snowfall resulted in floods affecting 23 houses in Kandahar, 8 houses in Helmand and 33 in Zabul in January.
  • Two wild poliovirus cases (WPV1) have been reported in January 2017.

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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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