Afghanistan


Tobacco kills up to half of its users – Accelerated efforts needed to tackle Afghanistan’s tobacco crisis

TOBACCOKabul 18 June 2017 – Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health, WHO and partners marked the 2017 World No Tobacco Day in Kabul today under this year’s global campaign theme “Tobacco – a threat to development”. Ministry officials, UN and NGO representatives and the media attended the event that focused on the harms of the tobacco crisis for the health of the Afghan people, economy and sustainable development.

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WHO and ECHO scale up Afghanistan’s blood banks to guarantee safer transfusions

Gulab Shah donates blood at the Herat Regional Hospital. Photo: WHO/S.RamoGulab Shah donates blood at the Herat Regional Hospital. Photo: WHO/S.RamoKabul 14 June 2017 – With the support of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), WHO supports Afghanistan’s blood banks to ensure safe blood transfusions that save Afghan lives. In the past year, WHO has equipped 10 provincial and regional hospitals with necessary supplies to strengthen blood transfusion services and to enable them to gather, test, store and preserve blood safely and effectively.

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  • Tobacco kills up to half of its users – Accelerated efforts needed to tackle Afghanistan’s tobacco crisis
    Tobacco kills up to half of its users – Accelerated efforts needed to tackle Afghanistan’s tobacco crisis
  • WHO and ECHO scale up Afghanistan’s blood banks to guarantee safer transfusions
    WHO and ECHO scale up Afghanistan’s blood banks to guarantee safer transfusions

Events

Afghanistan observes World AIDS Day 2016: Stigma and low awareness hamper access to diagnosis and treatment

Kabul 7 December 2016 – The Ministry of Public Health, WHO and partners, together with civil society and people living with HIV/AIDS, observed World AIDS Day 2016 at an event...

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Workshop on family planning and emergency contraception aims to increase service quality and address needs of sexual assault survivors

10 November 2016 – WHO supported a training workshop on emergency contraception and family planning programming in Kabul on 31 October–1 November 2016 in order to strengthen the Ministry of...

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In focus

Emergency and Humanitarian Action, May 2017

Key updates A major explosion in Kabul on 31 May killed at least 150 people and injured hundreds. The deteriorated security situation resulted in the closure of more health facilities in the...

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Emergency humanitarian update, April 2017

Key updates Conflict and war continued to cause mass casualties and disruption to health service provision in many areas in April 2017. Three more health facilities were forced to close in the...

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Key health-related statistics

Population (000s) 28 500
Health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 7.1
Adult (15+) literacy rate (%) 31
Life expectancy at birth (2010) 61.0

Source: Country statistical profiles (2015)

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