Afghanistan


Shamshullah and Wajid bring life-saving polio vaccines to families’ doorsteps in Kandahar

Wajid vaccinates children at a Kandahar park during a Friday “re-visit” campaign dayWajid vaccinates children at a Kandahar park during a Friday “re-visit” campaign day. WHO/J.JalaliKabul 3 July 2017 – Afghanistan is closer than ever to eradicating polio with only four cases reported this year from Kandahar, Helmand and Kunduz provinces. The progress Afghanistan has witnessed in its efforts to wipe out the crippling disease has been to a large extent due to the over 60 000 dedicated polio workers and volunteers who go from house to house during multiple vaccination campaigns every year to ensure all children are vaccinated and protected.

Shamshullah, 25, and Wajid, 18, are polio frontline workers in Kandahar province, vaccinating children under the age of 5 against the paralyzing disease in their communities.

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Tobacco kills up to half of its users – Accelerated efforts needed to tackle Afghanistan’s tobacco crisis

TOBACCOKabul 18 June 2017 – Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health, WHO and partners marked the 2017 World No Tobacco Day in Kabul today under this year’s global campaign theme “Tobacco – a threat to development”. Ministry officials, UN and NGO representatives and the media attended the event that focused on the harms of the tobacco crisis for the health of the Afghan people, economy and sustainable development.

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    Shamshullah and Wajid bring life-saving polio vaccines to families’ doorsteps in Kandahar
  • Tobacco kills up to half of its users – Accelerated efforts needed to tackle Afghanistan’s tobacco crisis
    Tobacco kills up to half of its users – Accelerated efforts needed to tackle Afghanistan’s tobacco crisis

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 and Humanitarian Action, May 2017

Key updates A major explosion in Kabul on 31 May killed at least 150 people and injured hundreds. The deteriorated security situation resulted in the closure of more health facilities in the...

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Emergency humanitarian update, April 2017

Key updates Conflict and war continued to cause mass casualties and disruption to health service provision in many areas in April 2017. Three more health facilities were forced to close in the...

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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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