Afghanistan


A four-fold increase in investment in midwifery needed to meet 60% of maternal health needs by 2030

Community_midwife_from_Bamyan_province__listens_to_a_babys_heartbeat_Photo_Rada_Akbar_UNFPA_AfghansitanCommunity midwife from Bamyan province listens to a baby's heartbeat. Photo: Rada Akbar/UNFPA Afghanistan 2014Kabul 10 December 2014 – A four-fold increase in investment in midwifery is necessary in the next 15 years to meet 60% of the needs for maternal and reproductive health services according to the State of Afghanistan’s midwifery 2014 report presented today by the Ministry of Public Health, the Afghan Midwifery Association, the United Nations Population Fund, the World Health Organization and the United States Agency for International Development.

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Urgent action needed to strengthen health sector response to violence against women

Deputy Minister of Health Dr Najia Tariq speaking at the eventDeputy Minister of Public Health Dr Najia Tariq emphasized that the health sector must provide survivor-centered care to women and girls experiencing violenceKabul 30 November 2014 – Today the Ministry of Public Health, together with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO), celebrated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. At an event held in Kabul, women’s rights activists, United Nations (UN) agencies and health professionals called for stronger efforts to combat gender-based violence (GBV) and strengthen health sector response to GBV.

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  • A four-fold increase in investment in midwifery needed to meet 60% of maternal health needs by 2030
    A four-fold increase in investment in midwifery needed to meet 60% of maternal health needs by 2030
  • Urgent action needed to strengthen health sector response to violence against women
    Urgent action needed to strengthen health sector response to violence against women

Events

World AIDS Day 2014: Treat for Life. Prevent for Life.

The Ministry of Public Health’s national AIDS control programme and United Nations (UN) agencies represented by WHO, together with civil society partners and people living with HIV/AIDS, marked World AIDS...

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“A winning goal for life”: World Breastfeeding Week celebrated in Afghanistan

Kabul 5 August 2014 – Today the Ministry of Public Health, WHO and UNICEF celebrated World Breastfeeding Week in Kabul with the theme “Breastfeeding: A winning goal for life,” highlighting...

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In focus

Emergency and humanitarian action update

The emergency and humanitarian action programme, together with WHO’s communicable disease surveillance and response programme is establishing an Ebola isolation ward in Kabul as a preparedness plan—there are currently no...

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Emergency humanitarian action updates: planning for the winter season and Ebola preparedness

Pneumonia and acute respiratory infections present major concerns for the upcoming winter season in Afghanistan as many provinces face extreme cold weather conditions. So far 98 districts have been identified...

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