Afghanistan


Influential religious scholars in Farah province declare their support for polio eradication

ulama1Kabul 5 December 2016 – Over 70 ulama (Islamic scholars) gathered in a conference in Farah province on 26 November to express their support for polio eradication. The Islamic scholars called on all caregivers to vaccinate their children against polio during every vaccination campaign and to cooperate with polio workers, emphasizing that polio is an incurable disease that can only be prevented through immunization.

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Afghan journalists learn to apply ethical principles in gender-based violence reporting

group_work_gbvDuring group work, participants analyzed and discussed samples of broadcast and print reporting on GBV to apply ethical principlesKabul 25 November 2016 – WHO, together with UN Women, UNICEF, UNHCR and UNFPA, conducted a joint training workshop on ethical reporting on gender-based violence (GBV) in Kabul on 16 November 2016. The workshop aimed to increase journalists’ awareness and understanding of the different forms of GBV such as sexual, physical and emotional violence, and to enable them to apply ethical principles in their reporting, ensuring the safety and dignity of GBV survivors at all times.

The workshop was organized as part of an annual global campaign “16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence” running from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.

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  • Influential religious scholars in Farah province declare their support for polio eradication
    Influential religious scholars in Farah province declare their support for polio eradication
  • Afghan journalists learn to apply ethical principles in gender-based violence reporting
    Afghan journalists learn to apply ethical principles in gender-based violence reporting

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

A million Afghans on the move: vaccinating every child

Over 600 000 Afghan refugees and undocumented returnees have returned from Pakistan during 2016. October saw the highest number of returns this year with 170 000 people crossing the border from...

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Situation update The number of returnees to Afghanistan has increased substantially since July. The current trend predicts an influx of between 600 000 and 1 million returnees and internally displaced people...

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Key health-related statistics

Population (000s) 29 200
Health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 12.0
Adult (15+) literacy rate (%) 31
Life expectancy at birth (2010) 60.5

Source: Country statistical profiles (2016)

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