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WHO Afghanistan Monthly Programme Update: December 2017, Emergency Humanitarian Action

Situation Report
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Key Updates

  • Conflict and displacement continued to affect delivery of health services across the country in December 2017.

  • In Nangarhar, the Khogiani IDPs continued to burden health services in surrounding districts.

  • 8 health facilities in 4 districts in the west region were closed by Taliban and three health facilities were closed in Kandahar.

  • 1,414 families were displaced in the northeastern region.

  • A health center in Shawalikot was burnt and a nurse and two vaccinators arrested. Two of the staff were released, but the facility remains closed.

  • In Helmand, a doctor and security guard of a health facility were arrested, but later released.

  • Two new polio cases were confirmed in Kandahar province, bringing the total number of polio cases in 2017 to 13.

  • In 2017, a total of 2,640 families (12,634 individuals) of documented returnees returned to Afghanistan through Spinboldak gate from Pakistan: a decrease of 67% compared to 2016.

Programme Activities and Achievements

  • In the Eastern region, 34,243 returnees and IDPs received outpatient services, including vaccination of 3,654 children.

  • Electro-chlorination project has been completed in 31st Dec.

  • Two trauma A+B kits were provided to district hospitals in Nangarhar, and one to Shindand District Hospital and Herat Regional Hospital.

  • Distribution of a cholera kit, 11 trauma kits (A+B) and medicines to 14 hospitals in Kabul, Zabul, Herat, Balkh and other areas.

  • A cholera kit , antibiotics and IV fluid were distributed to Ghor and Badghis provinces.

  • Technical assistance was provided to RMNCAH in Emergency Committee to develop indicators and Rapid Assessment Tool for RMNCH in emergency situations.

  • A supervisory and monitoring visit from IOM’s transit center health facility and Spinboldak district hospital was conducted in December which mainly focused on health issues for undocumented returnees and mass causality management and WASH issues.

  • Basic life support (BLS) training was conducted for 25 participants from 8 provinces in a hospital run by Emergency, an Italian NGO