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Emergency and humanitarian action update

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Evaluation of different medical waste incinerators in Kabul for Ebola infection controlEvaluation of different medical waste incinerators in Kabul for Ebola infection controlThe emergency and humanitarian action programme, together with WHO’s communicable disease surveillance and response programme is establishing an Ebola isolation ward in Kabul as a preparedness plan—there are currently no reported Ebola cases in Afghanistan.

The emergency water and sanitation team is providing support for infection control and prevention by installing a proper wastewater disposal system and a safe health care waste management system to avoid the spread of the virus to the environment in the event of hospitalization of an Ebola patient in the isolation unit.

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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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WHO Afghanistan Programme Overview 

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