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WHO Director-General visits Afghanistan, meets the Minister of Public Health and calls for continued efforts on polio eradication and health financing

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5 January 2019, Kabul – World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus met with His Excellency Dr Ferozuddin Feroz at the Ministry of Public Health on the first day of his two-day visit to Afghanistan and commended the progress made in public health services in a challenging context.

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The UN family reaffirms its commitment to zero tolerance for violence against women and girls by illuminating the Queen’s Palace in Babur Garden in orange

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Kabul, 11 December 2018 – Orange is the colour for a world with zero tolerance for violence against women and girls. On 10 December 2018, the United Nations (UN) in Afghanistan, after marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, lit the Queen’s Palace in Babur Garden in orange from 17:00 to 20:00 to help create a national dialogue and unite with the world in the fight against gender-based violence.

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    WHO Director-General visits Afghanistan, meets the Minister of Public Health and calls for continued efforts on polio eradication and health financing
  • The UN family reaffirms its commitment to zero tolerance for violence against women and girls by illuminating the Queen’s Palace in Babur Garden in orange
    The UN family reaffirms its commitment to zero tolerance for violence against women and girls by illuminating the Queen’s Palace in Babur Garden in orange

Events

World Health Day 2018: 12-year-old Afghan girl wins WHO art competition

Kabul, 7 April 2018 A 12-year-old Afghan school girl Lima, from Kabul’s Ashiana high school, has been selected among the winners of an international art competition organized by WHO to celebrate...

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World Health Day celebrated in Afghanistan

Kabul, 7 April 2018 World Health Day, celebrated annually on the 7th April, was commemorated in an event organized at the Ministry of Public Health in Kabul, Afghanistan today. The theme of...

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In focus

Updates, September 2018 During the first half of September 2018, around 120 000 people were newly displaced from rural areas of Badghis to Qala-e-Naw due to ongoing drought. The number of...

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Situation report, August 2018

August updates Volatile security circumstances and active fighting in districts of Nangarhar has continued to threaten the safety of health facility staff and has led to an increase in displaced populations...

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Key health-related statistics

Population (m) 31,5
Health expenditure (% of GDP) 9.5
Adult (15+) literacy rate (%) 34.3
Life expectancy at birth F/M (2010) 62-64

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

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