• Conflict-induced displacement in 2017 decreased 25 percent compared to the same period in 2016 • UNAMA reports record-high numbers of child casualties • Health and nutrition remain key concerns among relief actors
• Intensified armed conflict, natural disasters, and inflows of returnees from Iran and Pakistan continue to generate significant humanitarian needs across Afghanistan. Conflict displaced more than 146,000 Afghans in the first seven months of 2017, straining the resources of the Government of Afghanistan (GoA), host communities, and the humanitarian community. In addition to displacement and ongoing refugee returns, more than 200 natural disaster events, including avalanches, flooding, and landslides, impacted nearly 98,000 individuals across 33 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces from January to July.
• Between January and June, the UN reported 174 security incidents targeting humanitarian staff, resulting in nine deaths and ten injured aid workers. Health care infrastructure, personnel, and programs remain common targets, with the UN reporting at least 67 security incidents impacting health services.
• Conflict continues to strain Afghanistan’s health infrastructure. In April, security conditions necessitated the closure of 15 health facilities in southern and eastern Afghanistan. Only 60 percent of the Afghan population has access to health services.