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Emergency humanitarian update, March 2017

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WHO supports health services in a Kabul Pul-e-Company IDP camp through a mobile clinicWHO supports health services in a Kabul Pul-e-Company IDP camp through a mobile clinicKey updates

  • Civilian casualties and major attacks are increasing in many parts of Afghanistan; a devastating attack on the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital in central Kabul on 8 March claimed dozens of lives.
  • Three more health facilities were forced to close in the southern region due to conflict in March; around 1700 families were displaced.
  • Flash floods in Herat province killed four people and affected 352 families. A further 795 families were internally displaced in western provinces due to conflict.
  • The number of returnees and refugees from Pakistan and Islamic Republic of Iran reached 56 000 by the end on February 2017: 80% of them were undocumented returnees from Islamic Republic of Iran.
  • More than 115 disease outbreaks were reported in the first quarter of 2017, of which 63% were measles and 10% Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever.

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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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