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Emergency humanitarian update, September–October 2016

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Highlights, September–October 2016

A patient is treated at the Kunduz Regional Hospital as conflict erupted in OctoberA patient is treated at the Kunduz Regional Hospital as conflict erupted in OctoberAs the number of Afghans returning from Pakistan increases, health services are overstretched and the risk of vaccine-preventable diseases such as polio, pertussis and measles increases.

WHO is stepping up support for returnees from Pakistan by increasing the number of vaccination teams and strengthening existing health facilities.

Armed conflict in Kunduz erupted on 3 October between anti-government elements and government forces, resulting in at least 799 wounded, 7 deaths and over 65 000 displaced.

22 Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) cases were reported in October and 50 in September — there have been 150 cases so far in 2016 with 18 deaths.

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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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