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Emergency humanitarian update, July 2016

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A patient is being treated at a newly built trauma care unit equipped by WHO in the Kunduz Regional HospitalA patient is being treated at a newly built trauma care unit equipped by WHO in the Kunduz Regional Hospital

July highlights

  • Insecurity and conflict continue to hamper health care provision in Afghanistan: 31 health facilities remained closed in Nangarhar, Uruzgan, Helmand and Kandahar provinces.
  • 32 395 incidents of weapon and conflict-related trauma cases were treated in first aid trauma posts in the first 6 months of 2016, representing a 20% increase in war trauma patients as compared to the same period in 2015.
  • A comprehensive health emergency risk assessment will begin in August 2016 in 102 districts in all 34 provinces to collect data and information on the probability of health consequences from the interaction of hazards, vulnerabilities and existing capacity in all provinces.

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Key health-related statistics

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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