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Afghanistan health outcomes show improvement since 2003: World Bank Report

A new World Bank report finds that Afghanistan has shown improved health outcomes since 2003, with health services that have remained resilient even in highly insecure provinces. The report entitled Progress in the Face of Insecurity: Improving Health Outcomes in

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Afghan Higher Education Ministry announces degree program on health

The Minister of Higher Education Dr. Farida Momand announced a new advanced degree program at Kabul Medical University that will develop and support health sector technicians for the country. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its University

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First-Ever Demographic and Health Survey Completed in Afghanistan; Children’s Survival Improving

Almost half of births in Afghanistan are being delivered in a health facility, and just over half are assisted by a skilled provider, according to Afghanistan’s first ever Demographic and Health Survey Key Indicators Report, released today by the Afghan

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A new health initiative on the way to improve health of Afghan women and children

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah visited the Indira Ghandi Institute for Child Health, a national children’s hospital supported by USAID, on Saturday to announce a new initiative to improve the health and well-being of

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Health Call Center launched in Kabul City

The Afghan Ministry of Public Health together with Afghanistan’s social media organization, Paywast, has established a health call center in capital Kabul. Afghans from across the country can now dial 166 to consult with qualified male and female doctors for

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ICA introduces Afghanistan’s first ever private health insurance

The Insurance Corporation of Afghanistan (ICA) announced release of its comprehensive private health insurance, which is introduced for the first time in Afghanistan. The product comes with international standards features including comprehensive inpatient and outpatient healthcare coverage, access to approved

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Dr. Nasrin receives International Woman of Courage Award for promoting women’s health in Afghanistan

On March 4, 2014, Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom presented Dr. Nasrin Oryakhil with the Secretary of State’s International Woman of Courage Award in Washington, D.C. at a ceremony attended by First Lady Michelle Obama. Dr. Nasrin was one

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Swedish Committee for Afghanistan pledges $180m in aid over 4 years

The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) would provide Kabul $180 million in aid as part of a four-year plan for health, education, rural rehabilitation and local governance, an official said on Tuesday. SCA General Secretary Anna-Karin Johansson told a press

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Afghanistan imports 98% of its medicines

Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran have held for the first time ever a health exhibition. Addressing the exhibition, Executive Chief of the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Mohammad Qurban Haqjo, said Afghanistan imports about 98% of its medical needs. He

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Low quality medicines flooding Kabul markets

Kabul residents have expressed concerns over sub-standard medicines that are imported into the country. Citing lack of supervision and weak laws as the main reasons, the residents said that poor quality drugs have adversely affected the health of citizens and

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Afghan Ministry of Commerce on the hunt for identifying the importers of poor quality products

The Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries has launched a survey of Kabul markets aimed at identifying the importers of substandard and expired products. A commission body consisting of representatives from Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Commerce, Interior Ministry,

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2.9 million Patients treated by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan in 2012

The future of Afghanistan is difficult to assess. But there is also precautious optimism. When 2012 is summarized in the annual report of theSwedishCommittee for Afghanistan, we can conclude thatdevelopment cooperation efforts make a significant difference for a very vulnerable

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Japan and IOM to support Indra Gandhi Children Hospital in Afghanistan

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will provide medical equipments to the Indra Gandhi Children Hospital in Kabul with financial collaboration from the Japanese government. The medical equipments, costing USD 53,000, include blood detection machine. “We hope this assistance would

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Health Outcomes of Afghans Set to Improve

The World Bank approved today a $100 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA) to help the government of Afghanistan expand the scope, quality and coverage of basic health and essential hospital services in Afghanistan. The Afghanistan System Enhancement

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Japan’s USD 13.5mn aid to Afghanistan for polio eradication

The Japanese government has pledged USD 13.5mn in aid to the Afghan Ministry of Public Health to eradicate polio and prevent other epidemic diseases. Public Health Minister Dr. Suraya Dalil signed the grant agreement with Japan’s Ambassador Hiroshi Takahashi and

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Hundreds burned or killed by unsafe gas cylinders and cookers every year in Afghanistan

By Ahmad Masoud Blasts caused by low quality gas cylinders, pressure cookers and contaminated fuels are causing burns to thousands of people in Afghanistan every year. Sources in the Ministry of Public Health say that out of 24,000 burn cases

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Expired food products torched in Herat

Afghan authorities seized tons of expired food items during the last month in the Pusht-e-Koh area of Herat City. Herat’s Public Health Director, Ghulam Saeed Rashed, said that health and municipality personnel recovered 21 tons of expired food products from

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10,500 people die from tuberculosis every year in Afghanistan

By Ahmad Masoud According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 53,000 people contract tuberculosis (TB) every year in Afghanistan. The available figures indicate that 66 percent of new cases are women and 10 percent are children. WHO has said

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Children’s education, health main concerns in post-Taliban era: UNICEF

Protecting the rights of Afghan children and investing in their education and healthcare are the basic considerations in a smooth and orderly transition from a post-Taliban Afghanistan up to 2014 and beyond, said an official of the United Nations Children’s

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Health Center for Ghazni Refugee Town opened

Ghazni local officials reported about the inauguration of a health center in the refugee town of Ghazni province. Abdul Bari Rahimi, head of the Refugee and Repatriation Department in Ghazni, said the health center, built on a 1-yard land, has

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Why pharmaceutical industries in Afghanistan do not flourish?

The Afghan Private Pharmaceutical Industries Union has complained about the lack of support from the government. Currently, there are about 20 pharmaceutical industries in Afghanistan, and most of them are operating in rented houses. The owners of the industries say

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Turkey agrees to build a research hospital in Kabul

Turkey’s Deputy Minister of Health Omer Faruk Kocak and Turkish Ambassador Basat Ozturk signed an agreement with the Ministry of Higher Education on the construction of a research hospital in Kabul. Costing USD 283mn, the 10-storey facility would be built

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Decline and Stagnation: Why Rural Afghans are Staying Poor

Despite the influx of millions of foreign aid, rural communities across large parts of Afghanistan are getting poorer. A recent study by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit has investigated the factors that have crippled the situation in rural areas

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