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Country health profiles

Afghanistan_health_profileCountry health profiles

These comprehensive health profiles are intended to serve as a tool to monitor progress in the health of populations. Reliable and timely health information is essential for policy development, proper health management, evidence-based decision-making, rational resource allocation and monitoring and evaluation of the public health situation. While the demand for health information is increasing in terms of quantity, quality and levels of disaggregation, the response to these needs has been hampered because of fragmentation and major gaps and weaknesses in national health information systems.

WHO provides technical support to Member States to strengthen national health information systems and enable the generation of timely and reliable evidence to assess the health situation and trends, and the health system response, with special emphasis on 5 key regional priorities:

  • health security and prevention and control of communicable diseases;
  • noncommunicable diseases, mental health, violence and injuries, and nutrition;
  • promoting health through the life-course;
  • health systems strengthening; and
  • preparedness, surveillance and response.

The strategic directions to address these priorities are broadly in line with WHO’s 12th General Programme of Work, the Programme Budget 2016–2017, endorsed in May 2015 by the 68th World Health Assembly, and the 5 strategic areas of work endorsed by the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean in 2012.

Country health profiles

Regional Health Observatory

The WHO Regional Office's portal to the Regional Health Observatory provides access to data and analysis to monitor the regional health situation.

Mortality

Life expectancy
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Perinatal mortality rate per 1000 total births
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Infant mortality rate per 1000 live births
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Under five mortality rate per 1000 live births
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Maternal mortality ratio per 100 000 live births
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Selected morbidity

Cholera
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Meningococcal meningitis
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Poliomyelitis
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Noncommunicable diseases

(%) - cholesterol level ≥ 5.2mmoL/dl
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Overweight and obesity (%) - Body Mass Index ≥ 25
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Smoking (%) - current daily smokers
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Alcohol consumption/current drinkers - drinking alcohol in the last 30 days
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Health workforce

Physicians
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Nursing and midwifery
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Dentists
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Pharmacists
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Coverage with primary health care services

Population with access to local health services
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Contraceptive prevalence
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Births attended by skilled health personnel
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Health expenditure

Gross domestic product per capita
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Per capita total expenditure on health
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Per capita government expenditure on health
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General government expenditure on health as % of total health expenditure
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