Afghanistan Health Cluster Bulletin, April 2018
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.
Bird flu continued to be the main challenge for the Western Region in February 2018. Initially in January, bird flu was found in 4 poultry farms, but the disease has now spread to several hundred farms. As a result, 460,000 chicken were disposed from affected farms.
Measles outbreaks have been the major public health issues of concern with low routine immunization coverage reported as one of the main causes.
Humanitarian Pooled Funding (HPF) has supported 98 health facilities. In total, CHF is supporting 24 projects.
Conflict and displacement has continued to be the focus for Afghanistan Health Cluster, with 58,504 people currently displaced in the country. Issues related to the potential influx of returnees from Pakistan and the possibility of food insecurity crisis may affect up to 1 million people.
In the first quarter of 2018, UNAMA documented 2,258 civilian casualties, reflecting similar levels of civilian harm documented in the first three months of 2017 and 2016. There is a concern that the number for civilian casualties attributed to Anti-Government Elements might increase by 6%.