Afghanistan – Conflict (INSO, UN, DG ECHO) (ECHO Daily Flash of 18 August 2017)

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Attacks on health facilities and on health workers, as well as intimidation constitute a major limitation to access to health care in Afghanistan.

In the last two weeks health workers have been abducted from a clinic in Badghis and another clinic was set ablaze in Farah province.

In the years 2015 and 2016, 240 attacks on health facilities have been reported.

Since the beginning of 2017, 24 health facilities have been destroyed or damaged either deliberately or as collateral damage.

164 health facilities have been closed in 2017 due to insecurity, 58 of them due to demands by various armed parties to the conflict.

As a result more than 3 million people are left without access to essential health care.