Mohammad Habibzada VOA News | April 18, 2019 Some information in this report came from Reuters. More than 1 million Afghan children, particularly in conflict-stricken regions of the country, were deprived of polio vaccinations in 2018 because of actions taken by Taliban and Islamic State militants, Afghanistan health officials tell VOA. “Overall, 1.2 million children
Ariana: Zabihullah Mujahid the Taliban spokesman said in a statement on Thursday that the group can’t guarantee the safety of these organizations across the country. The group further accuses both organizations for violation of the agreement and “suspicious movements during vaccination campaign”. Click here to read more (external link).
By RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan, AFP: Samiullah, a 12-year-old from Faryab Province, lost both legs in a land mine explosion while carrying water to help his family. He’s just one of thousands of Afghan mine victims, and their numbers are rising steeply as the conflict with Taliban militants drags on. On International Mine Awareness Day
Reuters: Local Afghan Taliban leaders are hindering global efforts to end polio, but Afghanistan and Pakistan must continue their fight to “get to zero” cases, the philanthropist Bill Gates said on Monday. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: Officials from the Ministry of Public Health on Saturday said their statistics show that 5,900 people have been diagnosed positive with HIV/AIDS virus around the country. Mamozai Zewar, the Deputy Minister of Public Health, said that 28 people lost their lives due to HIV/AIDS infection. Herat, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Balkh and Kunduz provinces have the highest
Al Jazeera: Fakhria Momtaz, who set up a yoga hub in 2016, explains why women’s wellbeing is important in a war-torn nation. At the Momtaz Yoga Center, Afghanistan’s only yoga studio in Kabul, Fakhria Momtaz gives her daughter advice on how to lead a class. It has served as a hub for female yoga enthusiasts since it
Undark: Saina Hamidi, a psychological counsellor in Kabul, Afghanistan, says she was around nine years old when she first heard mention of women who bleed. Her older sister had come across one of their cousins washing bloodied clothes and told their mother about it. “I overheard my mother reprimand my sister for talking about it
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty February 15, 2019 The Save the Children International charity says at least 100,000 babies die every year because of armed conflict and related effects, with Afghanistan listed as among the 10 worst countries to be a child. “Increasingly, the brunt of armed violence and warfare is being borne by children,” the
UN Children’s Fund: Afghanistan is one of the three polio endemic countries in the world, alongside Pakistan and Nigeria. In 2018, there were 21 wild poliovirus cases in Afghanistan making it the country with the largest number of cases last year, while 12 cases were reported in Pakistan and zero in Nigeria. It is important