The Guardian (UK): For years, declining death rates among pregnant women have been hailed as one of the great gains of foreign aid in Afghanistan. In reality, however, Afghan women dying in pregnancy or childbirth may be more than twice as high as numbers provided by donors would suggest. Since 2010, published figures have shown maternal
Direct Relief: Nearly 40 percent of the Afghan population lacks access to basic health services, causing many to suffer from serious, yet preventable, diseases. Afghanistan’s poor health outcomes are greatly influenced by the more than one million people who face severe food insecurity and malnourishment, in addition to inadequate health resources. Currently, diabetes is a rising
Tolo News: Drug addicts living under the Pul-e-Sukhta Bridge in Kabul city said on average two to four fellow addicts are dying each day due to the severe cold currently gripping the capital. The Pul-e-Sukhta Bridge is a well-known location for homeless addicts, who also live there with their families. According to one addict, Rahman, between
Tolo News: Parliament Members (MPs) on Saturday demonstrated outside parliament over government’s inaction to control the sharp rise in pollution over Kabul city. “Government has an obligation to stop importing poor quality fuel. Government also has an obligation to develop Kabul city’s canalization system,” said Mohammad Abda, an MP. Click here to read more (external link).
Ayaz Gul VOA News December 22, 2016 ISLAMABAD — Pakistan has decided to issue entry visas to Afghan nationals who want to visit the country for medical treatment. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced the decision this week during a visit to the northwestern Torkham border crossing where he inaugurated new immigration facilities. Despite prevailing
Tolo News: Afghanistan’s ministry of counter-narcotics Tuesday said that over a million young Afghan male and female youths are drug addicts. The total number of addicts in the country is estimated to be about 3.5 million and three percent of them constitute women, said the minister of counter-narcotics Salamat Azimi. Click here to read more (external
New York Times: Despite a global treaty that bans land mines, casualties from those weapons and other unexploded munitions lurking in current and past war zones rose sharply last year to the highest point in a decade, a monitoring group said Tuesday in its annual report. The casualty increase was primarily from the armed conflicts in Afghanistan,
ReliefWeb: “I examined the mother, only to find out that she had carried her dead fetus for weeks,” said Alia Ayar, a UNFPA midwife providing obstetric emergency care in times of humanitarian crises around Afghanistan. “She suffered severe pains and fever and couldn’t do the chores around the house, until the family (finally) decided to allow
Tolo News: Afghanistan’s National Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Saturday that according to forecasts, Kabul will get less snow this winter but will see higher levels of pollution. The EPA warned that if Kabul residents do not pay special attention to what they use as fuel, the pollution levels will increase and more people will
Tolo News: A number of Pamir residents from Wakhan district in Badakhshan arrived in Faizabad, the provincial capital, on Thursday and lodged complaints about what they say are serious food shortages and a lack of health care facilities in their district. The residents said that government has forgotten about them and is not addressing their problems.