Afghanistan


Vaccination crucial during polio “high season”; over 4.3 million children to be immunized

poliorevisitKabul, 25 July 2016 – The Ministry of Public Health, with the support of WHO and UNICEF, will hold concurrent vaccination campaigns in July and August to vaccinate around 4.3 million children under the age of 5 against polio. These vaccinations are particularly important for children because the months between May and October are Afghanistan’s high transmission season for polio. The poliovirus is most active and dangerous during these warm summer months, putting Afghan children more at risk of becoming paralyzed or killed.

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Expert group commends Afghanistan’s progress in polio eradication

TAG_WHO_Afg_July_2016WHO Representative Dr Richard Peeperkorn delivers his opening remarks at the TAG meetingKabul 17 July 2016 - The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on polio eradication convened in Kabul to review Afghanistan’s progress in polio eradication, provide recommendations for intensifying efforts to stop the circulation of wild poliovirus by the end of this year and review the National Emergency Action Plan for Polio for 2016–2017. The TAG appreciated the significant progress achieved so far and highlighted major improvements in Afghanistan’s polio eradication efforts.

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    Vaccination crucial during polio “high season”; over 4.3 million children to be immunized
  • Expert group commends Afghanistan’s progress in polio eradication
    Expert group commends Afghanistan’s progress in polio eradication

Events

National consultation workshop tackles nutrition challenges for Afghanistan

Kabul 2 February 2016 – The Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, in collaboration with WHO and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the...

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KABUL 20 September 2015 - The World Suicide Prevention Day was marked this week in Kabul in an event that brought together key stakeholders to advocate for the importance of...

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In focus

Emergency humanitarian update, June 2016

June highlights Active fighting between government forces and anti-government elements resulted in population movements in the Kot district of Nangarhar province in which 251 families were displaced. 2 major blast incidents caused...

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Emergency humanitarian update, April 2016

Key updates Afghanistan continues to be impacted by emergencies, including mass casualty incidents, natural disasters and disease outbreaks. A major complex attack on the headquarters of a military unit killed 64 and...

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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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