Afghanistan

WHO Afghanistan and health cluster partners scale up activities to assist people affected by drought

Mobile team Mobile team provides health services to displaced people. Photo: David LaiKabul, 15 June 2018 – The lives of a million people are critically affected by drought in Afghanistan.  Another 2 million people could be affected in the coming months.  

Food insecurity and reduced access to safe water are beginning to take their toll in the 10 worst affected provinces.  Currently, more than 20 000 people have already been displaced to the province of Herat in western Afghanistan from neighbouring provinces due to the drought.

WHO Representative in Afghanistan Dr Richard Peeperkorn stated that, “WHO and health cluster partners have already scaled up activities in response to the emergency." 

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Surgical hospital for war victims supported by WHO reports busiest month ever

Kabul, 5 June 2018 – The WHO-supported Kabul hospital, operated by the Italian nongovernmental organization EMERGENCY, has reported the busiest month in its operation's history.

In May 2018, the hospital counted 421 admissions, of which 409 were war-related injuries.

Programme Coordinator Dejan Panic stated that the organization was alarmed. “We have never had over 400 admission in Kabul since the opening of the hospital in spring 2001. The numbers look very worrying”.

Health Cluster coordinator David Lai stated that he was very concerned that the need for urgent conflict-related trauma care continues to rise in Afghanistan.  

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