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Situation reports 2019

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Situation update, August

  • Conflicts forced 12,714 people to flee from their homes in August, bringing the total number of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) to 251,188 in 2019.
  • From January to August 2019, 293,828 people (149 killed, 165 injured) were affected by natural disasters throughout Afghanistan. A total of 32 provinces out of 34 experienced natural disaster during the period damaging 24,810 houses and another 13,981 houses were destroyed. Afghanistan is prone to earthquakes, flooding, drought, landslides, and avalanches.
  • 330,522 people returned to Afghanistan since January 2019 from Pakistan, Iran and Turkey with significant needs in health and other basic services..
  • In the first six months of 2019, 68 attacks on healthcare were reported resulting in the closure of 101 health facilities, where only 27 of them were re-opened. 18 healthcare workers and patients were killed and 33 others injured.
  • Total of 205 outbreaks were reported in June 2019 with a total caseload of 236 cases from 5 different diseases; bringing the total number of outbreaks to 581 outbreaks with a total caseload of 2,974 in 2019.
  • According to the projections of Afghanistan Humanitarian Needs Overview 2019, throughout the year, 1.9 million people will be in need of emergency health services due to conflict, natural disasters and a lack of basic services.
  • From 1 January to 30 June 2019, UNAMA documented 3,812 civilian casualties (1,366 deaths and 2,446 injured); While the number of injured civilians in the second quarter is comparable to the first quarter of 2019, UNAMA documented a 27 per cent increase in civilian deaths from the first to second quarter in 2019
  • In the first six months of 2019, Health Cluster partners provided life-saving trauma care, rehabilitation and psychosocial support to 43,270 conflict-affected people.
  • 28mobile health teams that assisted approximately 450,476 people in response to natural disasters and conflict.
  • Nutrition services were provided to 204,449 malnourished children aged under 5 through integrated Health and Nutrition Teams.

Read August's situation report

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Situation report, July [398kb]

Situation report, June [398kb]

Situation report, May 2019 [386kb]

Situation report, April 2019 [pdf 890kb]

Situation report, March 2019 [pdf 789kb]

Situation report February 2019 [pdf 379kb]

Situation Report January 2019 [pdf 374kb]

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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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