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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.
Under the 2nd Allocation of the Common Humanitarain Fund (CHF), 9 health projects are supported with an overall Health envelop of USD 6,408, 749.
The deteriorating security situation in many parts of the country has led to the closure of health facilities in many districts. There have been reports of closed health facilities in Uruzgan and Badghis due to armed group interference.
The rate of return of Afghan refugees through UNHCR’s organized repatriation is increasing significantly; 7,804 Afghans returned in the first six months of 2016 while almost 82,000 returned in July and August (UNHCR).
WHO-supported trauma care unit (TCU) in the Kunduz Regional Hospital started receiving patients in late July
283,662 primary health care consultations provided by health partners
29 health facilities were forced to close due to insecurity
USD 8,000,000 was allocated to the Health Cluster under the first CHF allocation
A Health Emergency Risk Assessment (HERA) was carried out at the national level
37 disease outbreaks reported
WHO conducted training for 54 environmental health staff on WASH issues
An inter-Cluster assessment mission was conducted to Ladha, Sararogha,
Sarwakai, and Tiarza Tehsils South Waziristan Agency (SWA) from 10 to 13 February 2016. The mission visited eight recently de-notified villages. The Government plans to facilitate the return of some 30,000 IDPs to these areas.
Key findings and recommendations
The health cluster continued working with MoPH on the health cluster transition plan
50% increase in the number of casualties in February 2016 compared with the same month in 2015 (EMERGENCY NGO)
38.3% of all reported consultations during February (1,856,701), were due to 15 DEWS-Plus targeted diseases
DEWS reported 105,299 pneumonia cases during February and 101,726 cases of acute diarrhoeal diseases (5.7 % and 5.5% of total consultations, respectively)
An inter-Cluster assessment mission was conducted to Mir Ali Tehsil in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) from 26–29 January 2016. The mission covered a sample of six out of the ten villages that were recently de-notified by authorities. The Government has planned to facilitate the return of some 5,000 to 7,000 families to these areas.
• An estimated 10 per cent of private houses were damaged due conflict and 1.5 years of weather damage.
An inter-Cluster assessment mission was conducted to the Sipah area of Bara Tehsil in Khyber Agency on 2 February, 2016. The mission visited Haji Abad where discusions were held with the Military, FDMA, male and female returnees, and community elders. Visits were also conducted to nearby communities and agricultural areas where damages were observed. The Government has planned and is facilitating the return of over 7,000 families to these areas.