Tolo News: Medicine Importers Union says Afghanistan ‘legally’ imports pharmaceutical products worth $700 million on annual basis. The Medicine Importers Union claims that at least 40 percent of medicine and medical equipment enter the country’s markets ‘illegally’ while many of the pharmaceutical products have a bad quality. Click here to read more (external link).
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 27, 2017 U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg have pledged continued support for Afghanistan during a surprise visit to Kabul. The two vowed at a September 27 joint conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to do everything so the country “doesn’t again become a safe
Tolo News: A clinic, established two and half years ago in southern Helmand province, uses water therapy and counseling to treat drug addicts rather than medication. Clinic staff said water therapy was more effective than prescribing medicine. The clinic is now however run by a recovering addict who was once a patient at the clinic. Click
Futurity: Vulnerable groups in Afghanistan, including people with disabilities, cite a growing rate of insufficient access to quality health care, a new study finds. The findings, published in Lancet Global Health, come after 15 years of investment in the Afghan health care sector by the international community. Click here to read more (external link).
VOA News / July 22, 2017 The international aid organization Doctors Without Borders says it has opened an outpatient clinic in northern Afghanistan. The new facility in Kunduz province opened almost two years after a U.S. airstrike demolished the group’s hospital there, killing more than 40 people, including patients and staff members. “We decided to
Tolo News: Faryab ladies this week welcomed the opening of their first ever fitness center in the provincial capital, Maimana. The gym is a privately-owned business and has the capacity to allow 30 women to exercise at any given time. Click here to read more (external link).
Washington Post: One recent morning, three figures in white lab coats descended cautiously into a pitch-black netherworld beneath a crumbling bridge in the Afghan capital. They picked their way through garbage and sprawled limbs, passing hundreds of huddled men whose gaunt, wary faces were briefly illuminated by the flare of matches and drug pipes. The doctors
WHO: Most of Afghanistan is polio-free but wild poliovirus is still circulating in parts of the country, particularly in the Eastern, Southern and South-Eastern regions. The transmission in the East illustrates the importance of common reservoir transmission between Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA and the area bordering Afghanistan. In 2016, 12 wild poliovirus cases were confirmed:
IWPR: Breast cancer is the second most common cause of death for women in Afghanistan after maternal mortality. But there is little public awareness around the issue, including encouraging women to be vigilant for signs which include breast lumps, swelling, changes in colour or texture and a nipple that is inverted or bleeding. There are
KABUL, March 28 (Xinhua) — Afghanistan’s massive anti-polio campaign reportedly hit snags in areas were anti-government militants including Taliban and Islamic State (IS) groups are active, as campaign centers were attacked by militants over the weekend. Unknown armed men set on fire an anti-polio center in Chardehi area of Batikot district in the eastern Nangarhar