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#womenhumanitarians: Celebrating World Humanitarian Day in Afghanistan

Nangarhar_WHDAfghanistan is one of the countries where mortality rates among mothers and children are still concerning high. There are many challenges when it comes to access to healthcare for women in this country.

Twenty-nine-year-old Nooria, a resident of Nangarhar, had medical education but no work experience. After completing a WHO training, she is now running one of Nangarhar mobile health clinic in hard to reach areas to respond to people who are displaced by conflict. The clinic is equipped with an ultrasound machine, medication, and other medical machinery. Nooria now examines 20 to 30 female patients daily.

 “The WHO program helped me gain job-specific technical skills, which enabled me to get this job,” Nooria said. “I am now helping hundreds of women per week get healthcare services they need and that otherwise might not be available to them.”

 

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Afghan children learning to paint at the Aschiana Foundation paint Primary Health Care

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Every year on the occasion of World Health Day (WHD), WHO across the Asia and the Pacific Region, which includes Afghanistan, organizes an art competition for school children aged 8 to 18 years. The aim is to raise children’s awareness on different health topics.

For 2019 the focus of the WHD was primary health care. WHO Afghanistan worked with children from Aschiana foundation in Kabul to produce works of art portraying Primary Health Care as they know it.

Some paintings were selected and sent to Cairo Egypt for evaluation and competition with other countries. Nargis, 15, who wants to be a medical doctor in the future, said her painting will win the competition.

Ayesha, 9, who wants to be a famous artist in the future, said her painting will win for Afghanistan.

Nargis, 15, said, “people living without primary healthcare can't have a good life. They are as if in the dark. All of us have to help people out to brightness with primary health care for all".

Nargis won the 5th place on the art competition and received cash incentive, but also a certificate of merit from WHO. 

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World Health Day 2018: 12-year-old Afghan girl wins WHO art competition

Kabul, 7 April 2018 A 12-year-old Afghan school girl Lima, from Kabul’s Ashiana high school, has been selected among the winners of an international art competition organized by WHO to celebrate...

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Situation update, June Conflicts forced 27 971 people to flee from their homes in June, bringing the total number of internally displaced people (IDPs) to 178 498 in 2019. 235 170 people...

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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. 

Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

Afghanistan country health profile

Regional Health Observatory

WHO Afghanistan Programme Overview 

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