Afghanistan


Expanding access to vaccines is crucial for saving thousands of children’s lives across Afghanistan

9-month-old Setayeh received a measles vaccine during the Immunization Week launch event in Kabul9-month-old Setayeah received a measles vaccine during the Immunization Week launch event in Kabul. WHO/S.RamoKabul 23 April 2017 – World Immunization Week was launched today in Afghanistan by the Ministry of Public Health, WHO and UNICEF, together with national and international partners supporting immunization services in the country. The yearly Immunization Week campaign 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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Almost 7 million children to be vaccinated against polio in high-risk districts around Afghanistan

A girl shows her pinky finger marked with indelible ink after receiving the polio vaccineA girl shows her pinky finger marked with indelible ink after receiving the polio vaccineKabul, 17 April 2017 - The Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan, together with WHO and UNICEF, launched today a Sub-National Immunization Days (SNID) campaign to vaccinate over 6.8 million children under the age of 5 against polio in high-risk districts in 27 provinces around Afghanistan.

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  • Expanding access to vaccines is crucial for saving thousands of children’s lives across Afghanistan
    Expanding access to vaccines is crucial for saving thousands of children’s lives across Afghanistan
  • Almost 7 million children to be vaccinated against polio in high-risk districts around Afghanistan
    Almost 7 million children to be vaccinated against polio in high-risk districts around Afghanistan

Events

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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In focus

Emergency humanitarian update, March 2017

Key updates Civilian casualties and major attacks are increasing in many parts of Afghanistan; a devastating attack on the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital in central Kabul on 8 March claimed...

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Emergency humanitarian update

Highlights, February 2017 Heavy snowfall and avalanches affected hundreds of Afghans, mainly in the northern and northeastern regions in February. Herat province suffered from flash floods in February, with over 2000 people...

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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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