Afghanistan


Ministry of Public Health and WHO call for more voluntary blood donations to save lives

WHO's Health Cluster Coordinator Dr Abou Zeid donating blood at the World Blood Donor Day event in KabulWHO's Health Cluster Coordinator Dr Abou Zeid donating blood at the World Blood Donor Day event in KabulKabul 14 June 2015 – Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health and WHO marked World Blood Donor Day today to raise awareness about the need for availability and appropriate use of safe blood. To meet the growing needs for blood and blood products, more people must come forward to donate blood voluntarily and regularly. People most in need of blood transfusions include children under five years of age, women suffering from severe bleeding during delivery or after childbirth and people who have suffered injuries as a result of conflict and road accidents.

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

Events

World No Tobacco Day 2015: Illicit trade of tobacco poses serious health, economic and security concerns

Kabul 31 May 2015 – Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health, WHO and partners marked the 2015 World No Tobacco Day today under the theme of ending the illicit trade of...

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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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In focus

Emergency and humanitarian update, May 2015

Highlights, May 2015 10 suspected Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever outbreaks were reported from Herat province in May, with the support of WHO, intensive outbreak control activities are carried out by the Herat...

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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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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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