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19 Aug 2018 description


  • Health Cluster partners are responding to a drought in the northern region where up to 2.2 million people may be affected by water- and vector-borne diseases and malnutrition.

  • The top two communicable diseases during July were acute diarrheal diseases (356,940 cases) and acute respiratory infections (346,407 cases).

  • Seventy-one (71) attacks on healthcare were reported in July, including 42 attacks/closures of health facilities, 27 attacks on health personnel and two attacks on ambulances.

19 Jul 2018 description


  • Health Cluster partners are responding to a drought in the northern region. Up to 2,2 million people may be affected by food insecurity.

  • UNAMA released their latest update on civilian casualties covering the first half of 2018. A total 5,122 casualties (1,692 deaths and 3,430 injured) were reported between 1 January and 30 June, and the figures remain at record high.

17 Jul 2018 description
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This report takes a detailed look at the current status of childhood immunization in 10 priority countries: Afghanistan, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Uganda.

20 Jun 2018 description

Key updates, May 2018

  • Due to the upcoming elections, 5 health facilities are used as polling centres, which will negatively affect the provision of services.

  • In May, 10 attacks on health care were reported. These included closure of 6 health facilities, 3 incidents of looting of equipment and supplies, one health worker killed and one more detained by AGEs.

  • Health Cluster partners are responding to a drought that affects the northern region. Up to 2.2 million people may be affected by food insecurity.

20 Jun 2018 description

The recent wave of returnees and the large number of internally displaced people (IDPs) is posing a further challenge on already stretched health care facilities and health care professionals in Afghanistan.

On World Refugee Day 2018, WHO representative in Afghanistan Dr Richard Peeperkorn emphasized the importance of providing effective healthcare to the population on the move.

Kabul, 20 June

27 May 2018 description


In April, drought and food insecurity in large part of the country raised concern along with ongoing conflict and mass population displacement. 1 million are at risk of life-threatening food insecurity.

On April 30, two blasts killed nine journalists and many other civilians. Other explosions occurred across the country injuring and killing many in April.

11 May 2018 description


241 Progress towards polio eradication, worldwide, January 2016–March 2018


241 Progrès accomplis en vue de l’éradication de la poliomyélite à l’échelle mondiale, janvier 2016-mars 2018

10 May 2018 description

10 May 2018

The seventeenth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened by the Director General on 30 April 2018 at WHO headquarters with members, advisers and invited member states attending via teleconference.

02 May 2018 description



  • The deteriorating security situation in some parts of the country has led to the closure of health facilities in many districts and caused casualties among healthcare workers.

  • Health Cluster partners provided support to primary health services for returnees in Torkham, Spin Boldak, Zaranj and Islam Qala border crossings.

25 Apr 2018 description


  • In March 2018, 119 families (536 individuals) of documented returnees returned to Afghanistan through Spinboldak gate from Pakistan.

  • Active fighting resulted in internal displacement of 36 families in Kandahar and 101 families were displaced due to a flood in the same city.

20 Mar 2018 description


  • Bird flu continued to be the main challenge for the west region in February 2018. Initially in January, bird flu was found in 4 farms, but the disease has now spread to several hundred poultry farms. As a result 460,000 chicken were disposed from affected farms.

18 Feb 2018 description


  • Bird flu outbreak was reported from four poultry farms in Herat city on 17 January 2018. Precautionary measures were taken to quarantine the areas and dispose of the infected birds. The preventive and controlling activities are still ongoing in the province.

  • A total of 1,047 families were displaced due to conflict in northeastern and southern regions.

  • In Kunar and Nangarhar province, cross border shelling from Pakistan resulted in an increased number of trauma cases.

30 Jan 2018 description


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a critical public health issue globally. If we are to preserve human and animal health, policy interventions and global collaboration are vital to improve our understanding of AMR dynamics and to inform containment and mitigation strategies.