Afghanistan

Statement regarding temporary ban of WHO activities in Afghanistan

12 April 2019 – We are deeply concerned that the temporary ban will negatively impact delivery of health services to affected populations. Unhindered access to all areas is necessary to provide health services to those in need.

WHO has been supporting health activities in all parts of Afghanistan, including primary health care, response to health emergencies, vaccination and polio eradication. Access to health services is a basic human right. WHO is committed to ensuring access to health services for all.

We call upon all parties to ensure the neutrality of health interventions and protection of health workers.

We will continue to work to resolve this temporary ban as quickly as possible in order to provide uninterrupted services to communities and individuals. 

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Statement regarding temporary ban of WHO activities in Afghanistan [In Pashto]

Statement regarding temporary ban of WHO activities in Afghanistan [In Dari]

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Key health-related statistics

Population (m) 29.7
Health expenditure (% of GDP) 9.5
Adult (15+) literacy rate (%) 34.8
Life expectancy at birth F/M (2010) 63.2-63.6

Sources: Central Statistics office, Afghanistan National health Accounts, Afghanistan Living Conditions Survey, Afghanistan mortality survey. 

Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

Afghanistan country health profile

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