Afghanistan


Tracing every last virus: Afghanistan steps up surveillance to accelerate polio eradication

AFP focal point examines a child in Mirwais Hospital in KandaharAcute flaccid paralysis (AFP) focal point Dr Siddiqui examines a child at Mirwais Regional Hospital in Kandahar. Photo: WHO Afghanistan/S.RamoKabul 23 February 2017 – A strong surveillance system is the backbone of Afghanistan’s polio eradication effort. It ensures that every single poliovirus is detected and analysed, enabling a quick and effective response to stop every strain of the debilitating virus.

Afghanistan is closer than ever to stopping polio. The year 2016 ended with only 13 cases, down from 20 in 2015 and 28 in 2014. Most of Afghanistan remains polio-free, with transmission limited to the southern, eastern and southeastern parts of the country. Surveillance is key to ensuring that the virus is tracked and stopped wherever it circulates.

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Prevention is crucial for tackling Afghanistan’s cancer burden

cancerKabul 5 February 2017 – New guidance from WHO launched ahead of World Cancer Day (4 February) aims to improve the chances of survival for people living with cancer by ensuring that health services can focus on diagnosing and treating the disease earlier. In Afghanistan, the prioritization of basic, high-impact and low-cost diagnosis and treatment services is crucial.

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  • Tracing every last virus:  Afghanistan steps up surveillance to accelerate polio eradication
    Tracing every last virus: Afghanistan steps up surveillance to accelerate polio eradication
  • Prevention is crucial for tackling Afghanistan’s cancer burden
    Prevention is crucial for tackling Afghanistan’s cancer burden

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, January 2017

January 2017 update A record number of civilian casualties was reported in 2016 by UNAMA, with 3498 civilians killed and 7920 injured. Children are suffering disproportionately from the conflict: an increase...

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Emergency humanitarian update, December 2016

Highlights, December 2016 WHO continued to support health services and trauma care in conflict-affected areas during December. 592 324 people have been internally displaced due to conflict in 2016, the highest on...

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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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