Afghanistan


Attacks on health care on the rise in Afghanistan

kunduz_trauma_unitThe trauma care unit of Kunduz Regional Hospital sustained minor damages during armed clashes in 2016. Photo: WHO/S.Ramo“I worry for my life every morning I go to work”

Kabul 19 August 2017 – As the conflict in Afghanistan escalates and expands, healthcare comes under attack. Since January this year, 164 health facilities have been forced to close due to insecurity and conflict and 24 health facilities have been attacked and damaged either deliberately or as collateral damage. The forced closure of health facilities is currently affecting around 3 million people’s access to healthcare in Afghanistan.

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Almost 10 million children to be vaccinated against polio in Afghanistan

polio_photo_aug_nidsKabul, 14 August 2017 - The Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan, together with WHO and UNICEF, launched a new National Immunization Days campaign during which 9.9 million children under the age of 5 will be vaccinated against polio in all 34 provinces this week. Over 8.9 million children aged 6 months to 5 years will also be given vitamin A tablets.

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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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Emergency and Humanitarian Action, May 2017

Key updates A major explosion in Kabul on 31 May killed at least 150 people and injured hundreds. The deteriorated security situation resulted in the closure of more health facilities in the...

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Emergency humanitarian update, April 2017

Key updates Conflict and war continued to cause mass casualties and disruption to health service provision in many areas in April 2017. Three more health facilities were forced to close in the...

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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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