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Afghanistan launches Food Security and Nutrition Agenda to fight malnutrition

“Access to food is still a challenge in Afghanistan”, Dr Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan Chief Executive stated in the launch event“Access to food is still a challenge in Afghanistan”, Dr Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan Chief Executive stated in the launch eventKabul, 16 October 2017 – The Afghan government launched it’s Food Security and Nutrition Agenda (AFSeN) On World Food Day, 16 October 2017. The agenda, led by the Chief Executive of Afghanistan, aims to strengthen interministerial coordination for food security and nutrition interventions at all levels to ensure that all Afghans everywhere have adequate physical and economic access to food at all times. 

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Afghanistan expands environmental surveillance for poliovirus to all regions

Environmental sampling from an open drain in Kabul city in August 2017. Samples are generally collected in the early morning when there is a higher flow of sewage. WHO/S.RamoEnvironmental sampling from an open drain in Kabul city in August 2017. Samples are generally collected in the early morning when there is a higher flow of sewage. WHO/S.RamoKabul 23 September 2017 - A new environmental sampling site for wild poliovirus isolation has become operational in Kunduz province, expanding the reach of Afghanistan’s environmental surveillance network to all regions. This is the 20th site established for environmental surveillance since the collection and testing of sewage samples for poliovirus began in Afghanistan in 2013 with WHO support.

In 2017, from the 218 sewage samples collected from all sites, eight have tested positive for wild poliovirus, the latest collected in July from Lashkargah, capital of Helmand province.

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    Afghanistan expands environmental surveillance for poliovirus to all regions

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, August 2017

Key updates, August 2017 Afghan returnees received outpatient services at the Torkham border while a total of 9455 Afghan returnee children received polio (OPV and IPV) and measles vaccinations with WHO...

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Emergency and Humanitarian Action, June–July 2017

Key updates June-July 2017 40 health facilities were forced to close in Laghman province in early June due to threats from anti-government elements — the clinics were able to resume operations...

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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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