Afghanistan


National polio immunization campaign inaugurated by Afghanistan’s Vice President

Afghanistan's Vice President launches a national polio campaign together with the Acting Minister of Public Health Dr Suraya Dalil and WHO Representative Dr Rik PeeperkornAfghanistan's Vice President launches a national polio campaign together with the Acting Minister of Public Health Dr Suraya Dalil and WHO Representative Dr Rik PeeperkornKabul 30 October – A national immunization day polio vaccination campaign was inaugurated this week in Afghanistan by the country’s Vice President, Mr Mohammad Sarwar Danish, in a ceremony attended by Ministry of Public Health officials, UN partners and donor agencies. This week’s campaign marks the fourth round of national polio vaccination campaigns this year.

The campaign targeted 8.9 million children under the age of five for vaccination against polio in all of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. Vitamin A was also given to children aged between six months and five years.

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WHO and partners call for efforts to strengthen suicide prevention in Afghanistan

Ms Hajar from the Afghanistan Youth Network discusses plans for Afghanistan's first national suicide prevention strategy with other panelists from NGOs, the government and UN.Ms Hajar from the Afghanistan Youth Network discusses plans for Afghanistan's first national suicide prevention strategy with other panelists from NGOs, the Afghan government and UN.  
Download WHO's first global report on suicide prevention "Preventing suicide: a global imperative

Kabul 10 September 2014 – World Suicide Prevention Day was marked today at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) at an event jointly organized by the Ministry of Public Health, World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The theme for this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day is ‘Suicide Prevention: One World Connected’, reflecting the importance of connections at several levels to combat suicide. Over 800 000 people die by suicide every year and it is the second leading cause of death in the 15–29 years age group globally.

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Events

“A winning goal for life”: World Breastfeeding Week celebrated in Afghanistan

Kabul 5 August 2014 – Today the Ministry of Public Health, WHO and UNICEF celebrated World Breastfeeding Week in Kabul with the theme “Breastfeeding: A winning goal for life,” highlighting...

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World Malaria Day 2014 celebrated in Afghanistan

World Malaria Day was celebrated on 27 April 2014 in Kabul, Afghanistan. The theme of this year's day was: "Invest in the future. Defeat malaria." Deputy Minister of Public Health H.E....

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In focus

Emergency humanitarian action updates: conflict continues to burden Afghanistan's health services

The conflict between Afghan National Security Forces and anti-government elements escalated in many parts of Afghanistan in the recent month, resulting in deaths and injuries as well as further burdens...

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WHO health updates on emergency preparedness and response

Emergency preparedness and response planning and provincial level implementation have been accelerated by WHO and partners during the recent month. WHO supported training for health workers in Kabul, focusing on...

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