Afghanistan


WHO supports new training centre in Kabul to reduce maternal and newborn deaths

kmu1Kabul 15 May 2017 - With the support of WHO, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and Kabul Medical University (KMU) inaugurated a centre for pre-service training in Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEmONC) at the Shahr-Ara Teaching Hospital in Kabul in April 2017 to strengthen care provided to pregnant women and newborns.

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Over 9.5 million children to be vaccinated against polio in Afghanistan this week

The National Immunization Days campaign is launched in all provincesKabul, 15 May 2017 - The Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan, together with WHO and UNICEF, launched today the second spring round of National Immunization Days (NIDs) for polio eradication in 2017. Over 9.5 million children under the age of 5 will be vaccinated against polio and more than 5.7 million children aged 2 to 5 will be given Albendazole deworming tablets during the campaign that runs until 19 May.

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    WHO supports new training centre in Kabul to reduce maternal and newborn deaths
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    Over 9.5 million children to be vaccinated against polio in Afghanistan this week

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, 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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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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