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Situation report, April 2018

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Situation_updateSituation update, April 2018 

  • In April, drought and food insecurity in large part of the country raised concern along with ongoing conflict and mass population displacement. 1 million are at risk of life-threatening food insecurity.   
  • On 30 April, two blasts killed 9 journalists and many other civilians. Other explosions occurred across the country injuring and killing many in April.  
  • Active fighting resulted in internal displacement, some IDPs being in dire need of potable water, food and health services. Population movement and returnees from Pakistan and Islamic Republic of Iran place increased demand on health services. 
  • Four health workers were killed, and there has been an increase in the number of closed health facilities across the country, resulting in reduced access to health services to millions of people. 
  • Cases of measles continue to rise with more than 150 reported outbreaks and more than 2000 cases reported in the first four months of 2018.  In addition to measles, major disease outbreaks included Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic fever (8) and pertussis (4).  
  • Routine immunization was banned in several health centres at Watapur district in Kunar province. 

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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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