Afghanistan


World Breastfeeding Week kicks off in Afghanistan: Breastfeeding is crucial for child health and survival

Minister_of_Public_Health_Dr_Feroz_delivered_a_speech_at_the_World_Breastfeeding_Week_event_held_in_KabulMinister of Public Health Dr Feroz delivered a speech at the World Breastfeeding Week event held in Kabul. Photo: Ministry of Public HealthKABUL 4 August 2015 - The Ministry of Public Health, WHO, UNICEF and partners celebrated World Breastfeeding Week at an event held in Kabul today to raise public awareness on the importance of breastfeeding for the health of children and mothers. World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year during the first week of August in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies and mothers around the world.

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Ministry of Public Health and WHO call for more voluntary blood donations to save lives

WHO's Health Cluster Coordinator Dr Abou Zeid donating blood at the World Blood Donor Day event in KabulWHO's Health Cluster Coordinator Dr Abou Zeid donating blood at the World Blood Donor Day event in KabulKabul 14 June 2015 – Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health and WHO marked World Blood Donor Day today to raise awareness about the need for availability and appropriate use of safe blood. To meet the growing needs for blood and blood products, more people must come forward to donate blood voluntarily and regularly. People most in need of blood transfusions include children under five years of age, women suffering from severe bleeding during delivery or after childbirth and people who have suffered injuries as a result of conflict and road accidents.

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    Ministry of Public Health and WHO call for more voluntary blood donations to save lives

Events

World Hepatitis Day 2015: Prevent Hepatitis, Act Now

KABUL 28 July 2015 - World Hepatitis Day was celebrated today at an event held at the Ministry of Public Health in Kabul. The event brought together representatives from different...

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World No Tobacco Day 2015: Illicit trade of tobacco poses serious health, economic and security concerns

Kabul 31 May 2015 – Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health, WHO and partners marked the 2015 World No Tobacco Day today under the theme of ending the illicit trade of...

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In focus

People at the heart of polio eradication in Afghanistan

Through this series of photographs, meet religious leaders, health care workers, volunteers, vaccinators, programme monitors and parents as they play their unique roles in protecting children across the country from...

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Emergency humanitarian action update, July 2015

Key updates, July 2015 Flooding in the southeastern region caused loss of life and damaged buildings and agricultural land in July. Outbreaks of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, rabies, measles and diarrhoeal diseases continue...

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Key health-related statistics

Population (000s) 28 100
Health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 7.1
Adult (15+) literacy rate (%) 31
Life expectancy at birth (2010) 60.0

Source: Country statistical profiles (2014)

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