Health

  • Ministry of Public Health: National Nutrition Survey 2013, July 2014

    This report, by the Ministry of Public Health and UNICEF, is the first nationwide survey since 2004.  It finds that approximately one in 10 Afghan children under the age of five (9.7 per cent) are acutely malnourished; one in 25 children under five (4 per cent) are severely malnourished and at risk of death if not treated; and 2.2 million children, from an under five population of 4.8 million, are stunted.Nutrition treatment is only available in an approximate 26 per cent of health facilities in the country and only 2.5 per cent of children with acute malnutrition are registered in the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) or other nutrition programmes. 

    PDF icon Nat Nutrition Survey Afghanistan 2013.pdf
  • Save the Children: State of the World's Mothers, May 2014

    2014 sees Afghanistan rising to 146/178 countries in terms of it's maternal health and support - this is a huge improvement on it's bottom ranking in both 2010 and 2011.  Save the Children's report highlights the plight of maternal healthcare in conflict-affected countries and reports on how Afghanistan looks set to achieve the Millenium Development Goal on maternal health. 

    PDF icon State of the Worlds Mothers 2014.pdf
  • HRW: Under Attack - Violence against health workers, patients & facilities, May 2014

    Human Rights Watch and the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition report on the unacceptable attacks on those offering health support in conflict zones.  The ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) identified 1,809 specific incidents of violence targetting health workers or facilities in 2012-2013. In Afghanistan (page 17), dozens of attacks - including deaths - were reported in 2013.  As elsewhere, these attacks do not just affect the communities using those local facilities - they affect the wider population when health operations have to be suspended or curtailed, or when health workers are reluctant to work in insecure areas.  

    PDF icon HRW Under Attack - violence health workers May14.pdf
  • UNODC: Impacts of Drug Use on Users and their Families, April 2014

    This study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) examines the origins, evolution and impact of drug use on users and their families across Afghanistan. With the rate of drug addiction currently estimated to be approximately 10% of the population, the interviews conducted as part of this study clearly link such behaviour to widespread domestic violence, unemployment, financial difficulties, crime, and limited academic progress for children. The study also additionally finds peer pressure to be the primary trigger for drug use in Afghanistan. 

    PDF icon UNODC Impacts of Drug Use.pdf
  • APPRO: Implementation of the National Action Plan for Women in Afghanistan, March 2014

    This assessment by APPRO (Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organisation), commissioned by Oxfam GB, ActionAid and the Embassy of Canada in Afghanistan, investigates the gains made since implementation of the NAPWA in 2008.  Specifically it looks at pillars 2 and 3 of the NAPWA - access to justice under pillar 2 and access to education, healthcare and work under pillar 3.  Whilst the report finds little has improved in women's access to justice in the last 5 years, there is now increased access to health, education and work.  However, where quantity may have improved, quality remains a serious issue and deterrent to the full uptake of these services. 

    PDF icon APPRO Implementation of the NAPWA Assessment Mar2014.pdf
  • Médecins sans Frontières: Between Rhetoric and Reality, February 2014

    MSF's report highlights the stark reality for millions of Afghans who struggle to reach healthcare facilities, often for life-saving treatment.  Many interviewed in the 2013 survey stated that the insurgency made it too dangerous to travel at night, others reported being attacked or harrassed en route to health facilities.  This comes in a year when civilian casualty numbers increased and international funding levels threaten to drop.  Despite significant improvements made to Afghanistan's healthcare system in recent years, MSF concludes that current provision is insufficiently geared to meet rising medical and emergency needs, especially those stemming from the conflict.  

    PDF icon MSF Between rhetoric and reality Feb 14.pdf
  • Ministry of Economy: Millennium Development Goals report 2012, December 2013

    The Afghan Ministry of Economy reports on the progress of Afghanistan towards the 2015 MDGs.  Afghanistan adopted the MDGs in 2004, 5 years after their declaration. This is their 4th progress report. 

    PDF icon Afghanistan MDGs 2012 Report.pdf
  • ACBAR: Health & Education in Afghanistan - Quantity Not Quality, November 2011

    Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief finds that despite millions of dollars of international aid, millions of Afghans are still struggling to access health and education services.

    PDF icon ACBAR Health & Education 10 years after.pdf
  • The World Bank: Mental health in Afghanistan: Burden, Challenges and the Way Forward, August 2011

    World Bank report focuses on Afghanistan’s high incidence of mental illness, the paucity of mental health services, and the needs of Afghans traumatised by decades of war.

    PDF icon Mental Health in Aghanistan Aug. 2011.pdf

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