Afghanistan


Vigilance and preventive measures needed during Eid-al-Adha to reduce the risk of a deadly viral disease

two ticksTicks are the main vector of CCHFKabul 7 September 2016 – Health and livestock authorities are concerned about the spread of a serious tick-borne viral disease called the Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in Afghanistan. The Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are urging the public to take special preventive measures to protect themselves from the disease.

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Massive polio vaccination campaign in Afghanistan targets over 9.5 million children

polionid2A child receives the oral polio vaccine in Kabul. Photo: WHO/S.RamoKabul, 29 August 2016 – The Ministry of Public Health, with the suppport of WHO and UNICEF, launched today a national polio immunization campaign to vaccinate every child in Afghanistan under the age of 5.

What makes this particular campaign important is that most cases of polio occur in September and October, during Afghanistan’s high transmission season” for wild poliovirus circulation. These warm months are when the poliovirus is most active and dangerous and typically the period when Afghan children are most at risk of becoming paralysed or killed.

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    Massive polio vaccination campaign in Afghanistan targets over 9.5 million children

Events

Islamic Advisory Group supports final push for polio eradication

5 August 2016 – The Islamic Advisory Group for Polio Eradication (IAG) adopted a new work-plan last week to help in the final push to end polio in the last...

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National consultation workshop tackles nutrition challenges for Afghanistan

Kabul 2 February 2016 – The Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, in collaboration with WHO and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the...

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In focus

Emergency humanitarian update, August 2016

Highlights Over 5000 displaced Afghans are returning from Pakistan every day and over 1 million are anticipated to be displaced internally and across borders by the end of the year. 2 new...

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Emergency humanitarian update, July 2016

July highlights Insecurity and conflict continue to hamper health care provision in Afghanistan: 31 health facilities remained closed in Nangarhar, Uruzgan, Helmand and Kandahar provinces. 32 395 incidents of weapon and conflict-related...

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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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