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Situation reports 2019

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Situation update, December

  • Conflict forced 6772 people to flee from their homes in December, bringing the total number of internally displaced people (IDPs) to 436 935 in 2019.
  • From January to December 2019, 295 743 people were affected by natural disasters throughout Afghanistan (149 killed, 165 injured).
  • 32 provinces out of 34 experienced natural disaster during the period damaging 24,959 houses and destroying another 14,121 houses. Afghanistan is prone to earthquakes, flooding, drought, landslides, and avalanches3.
  • Since January 2019, 496 526 people returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan, Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey with significant needs in health and other basic services.
  • 121 attacks on healthcare were reported since January 2019, resulting in the closure of 192 health facilities, where only 34 of them were re-opened. A total of 51 healthcare workers, patients and supportive staff were killed and 142 others injured.
  • A total of 8 outbreaks were reported in December 2019 with a total caseload of 65 cases from 5 different diseases; bringing the total number of outbreaks to 744 outbreaks with a total caseload of 3722 in 2019.
  • According to the projections of Afghanistan Humanitarian Needs Overview 2019, throughout the year, 1.9 million people were in need of emergency health services due to conflict, natural disasters and a lack of basic services.
  • Since January 2019, Health Cluster partners provided lifesaving trauma care services to 180 251 In-patients and out-patients around the country, excluding road traffic accident and occupational injuries.
  • WHO and Health Cluster implementing partners reached 1 622 845 beneficiaries (which included 965 425 women and girls) in 2019 in 342 districts across 34 provinces.

Read December's situation report

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Situation report, November [507kb]

Situation report, August [558kb]

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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