Afghanistan


The final frontier in polio eradication

This World Immunization Week, the global goal of polio eradication is closer than ever, although more needs to be done to deliver a world free from the disease.  

Children are vaccinated against polio at the Spinboldak border crossing between Afghanistan and PakistanChildren are vaccinated against polio at the Spinboldak border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Photo credit: WHO/J. Jalali

28 April 2016 – WHO's World Immunization Week 2016 kicked off this week with the aim of raising international awareness on the critical importance of full immunization from childhood through to adulthood. One of the campaign’s major focuses is the crippling poliovirus; incurable, but preventable with a simple vaccine. World Immunization Week is an opportunity to celebrate the progress marked by the drop in cases by 99.9% in the last 3 decades; but it also calls for increased momentum for the final push to overcome the last remaining pockets of the virus and wipe out the disease. 

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Accelerated efforts needed to close the immunization gap in Afghanistan: life-saving vaccines must reach everyone

Deputy_Minister_Ahmad_Jan_Naeem_delivers_a_speech_at_the_Immunization_Week_launch_in_KabulDeputy Minister of Public Health H.E. Dr Ahmad Jan Naeem delivers a speech at the Immunization Week launch in KabulKabul 25 APRIL 2016 – World Immunization Week was launched today in Afghanistan at an event attended by H.E. Minister of Public Health Dr Ferozuddin Feroz and key national and international partners supporting immunization activities in the country. The yearly Immunization Week campaign, celebrated this year under the slogan “Close the Immunization Gap”, seeks to raise awareness about the importance of vaccination and ensure that people take action to receive all required life-saving vaccines.

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    Accelerated efforts needed to close the immunization gap in Afghanistan: life-saving vaccines must reach everyone

Events

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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KABUL 20 September 2015 - The World Suicide Prevention Day was marked this week in Kabul in an event that brought together key stakeholders to advocate for the importance of...

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In focus

Emergency Humanitarian Action, March 2016

Latest updates Health facilities in many provinces remain closed due to insecurity and increasing violent conflict. Between January and March, 89 000 people have been displaced due to conflict — 27 000...

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Emergency humanitarian action update, February 2016

Key updates WHO distributed essential medical supplies and medicines to benefit 164 860 people seeking health care supplies, including diarrhoeal disease kit, trauma kits A+B,interagency emergency health kit, supplementary malaria module...

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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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