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A boy received medicines to treat his respiratory infection at a WHO-supported mobile clinic in a Kabul IDP campA boy received medicines to treat his respiratory infection at a WHO-supported mobile clinic in a Kabul IDP campHighlights, February 2017

  • Heavy snowfall and avalanches affected hundreds of Afghans, mainly in the northern and northeastern regions in February.
  • Herat province suffered from flash floods in February, with over 2000 people in five districts affected. Over 4000 people in Zabul province have been affected by heavy rains (OCHA).
  • Acute respiratory infections continued to be a major health challenge for Afghan children as harsh weather conditions continued.
  • WHO continued to support the provision of basic health services and health education to internally displaced persons through mobile health clinics.

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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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