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Vaccination Week kicks off in Afghanistan: Closing the immunization gap saves lives

Over half a million children under the age of five will be immunized against measles in three high-risk provinces during Immunization WeekOver half a million children under the age of 5 will be immunized against measles in 3 high-risk provinces during Immunization WeekKabul, 26 APRIL 2015 – World Immunization Week was launched today in Afghanistan at an event attended by the Minister of Public Health and key national and international partners supporting immunization activities in the country. Immunization Week seeks to raise people’s awareness on the importance of vaccination and ensure people take action to receive all required life-saving vaccines.

“Action must be increased to improve awareness and demand for immunization by communities and improve vaccination delivery services," said H.E. Dr Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health.

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Tuberculosis kills 13 000 Afghans every year

Zubaida, a TB patient who sought care at the Herat TB centre in western Afghanistan. Photo credit: WHO/Laura SalvinelliZubaida, a TB patient who sought care at the Herat TB centre in western Afghanistan. Photo credit: WHO/Laura SalvinelliEarly diagnosis and quality treatment are crucial in the fight against the disease

Kabul 24 March 2015 – World Tuberculosis Day is celebrated today around the world to raise awareness and call for more effective measures to combat tuberculosis (TB), one of the world’s top infectious killers. Afghanistan is among the 22 countries in the world that suffer from a high burden of tuberculosis – around 13 000 Afghans die each year because of the disease. Globally in 2013, 9 million people fell ill with TB and 1.5 million lost their lives. 

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    Vaccination Week kicks off in Afghanistan: Closing the immunization gap saves lives
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    Tuberculosis kills 13 000 Afghans every year

Events

World Health Day 2015: 12-year-old Waiz wins WHO art contest on food safety

Kabul 7 April 2015 - World Health Day was celebrated today in Kabul under the slogan “from farm to plate, make food safe”, highlighting the challenges and opportunities associated with...

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World AIDS Day 2014: Treat for Life. Prevent for Life.

The Ministry of Public Health’s national AIDS control programme and United Nations (UN) agencies represented by WHO, together with civil society partners and people living with HIV/AIDS, marked World AIDS...

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In focus

Emergency and humanitarian update, February 2015

Since 1 February 2015, an estimated 6181 families in Afghanistan have been affected by floods, heavy rain, snow and avalanches in 120 districts in 22 provinces: 224 people have died...

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5 February 2015 – The influx of refugees from Pakistan’s north Waziristan Agency into Khost, Paktia and Paktika provinces continues due to active military operations – 38 424 families and 280 178...

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Key health-related statistics

Population (000s) 28 100
Health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 7.1
Adult (15+) literacy rate (%) 31
Life expectancy at birth (2010) 60.0

Source: Country statistical profiles (2014)

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