Afghanistan

Over 5 million children to be vaccinated against polio

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Kabul, 5 November 2018 – Today, polio vaccination teams will visit 5.3 million children under the age of five in 18 high-risk provinces, mainly in South and East provinces. This follows several new cases in both regions. Most recently three polio positive cases have been reported from southern and eastern regions of Afghanistan and the total polio positive cases in this year reaches 19 cases: 9 in Kandahar, 3 in Helmand, 1 in Urozgan, 3 in Kunar, 2 in Nangarhar and 1 in Nuristan.

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Three new polio cases reported in south and east Afghanistan

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Kabul, 30 October 2018 –Three new polio cases have been reported in the south and east regions of Afghanistan. A 5-month old female child from Paroon district of Nuristan, a 24-month-old female child from Nawzad district of Helmand, and a 14 months old female child from Miwand district of Kandahar have been paralysed by the polio wild virus.  The total numbers of the polio cases in Afghanistan reaches to 19 cases this year. Thirteen cases have been reported in the south and 6 cases in the east (9 cases in Kandahar, 3 cases in Helmand, 1 case in Uruzgan, 3 cases in Kunar, 2 cases in Nangarhar and 1 case from Nuristan provinces). 

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Population (m) 31,5
Health expenditure (% of GDP) 9.5
Adult (15+) literacy rate (%) 34.3
Life expectancy at birth F/M (2010) 62-64

Sources: Central Statistics office, Afghanistan National health Accounts, Afghanistan Living Conditions Survey, Afghanistan mortality survey. 

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