AlterNet: It is estimated that about half of children under five years of age are stunted due to chronic malnutrition, and up to 10 percent have acute malnutrition. More than half of Afghan children suffer mental and physical damage because they are poorly nourished in the first two years of life. Click here to read more
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty February 21, 2018 Babies born in the world’s poorest countries face “alarming” risks of death, with the highest mortality rates occurring in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and sub-Saharan Africa, a February 20 report from the United Nations Children’s Fund said. Despite major advances in medical care, the report said that seven thousand newborns
NPR: While accurate data on mental health issues are not available in Afghanistan, the World Health Organization estimates more than a million Afghans suffer from depressive disorders and over 1.2 million suffer from anxiety disorders. The WHO says the actual numbers are likely much higher. The mental health toll signifies a hidden consequence of war that is often
1TV: The first ever yoga center opened in northern Balkh province on Sunday with the support of Balkh Physical Education Department in cooperation with the Indian consulate. One aspiring student, Sayed Sultan, said yoga strengthens muscles and also promotes good mental health and that is why he has chosen to take part. Click here to read more
VOA News Mohammad Habibzada February 4, 2018 WASHINGTON — Widespread unrest in Afghanistan has kept thousands of children from receiving polio vaccines, Afghan officials claim. “During each polio vaccination drive, we target about 6 million children,” Mir Jan Rasekh, head of the Afghanistan Polio Eradication Public Awareness Program, told VOA. “But due to unrest, fighting, and
Reuters: The H5 virus was detected in a backyard in Kabul where it killed 6 birds and in the Bagrami village nearby, where it killed 15, the Paris-based OIE said in a report posted on its website. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: The study entitled Psycho-physical Effects of Environmental Pollution on the Health of Kabul Citizens, shows that at least 10 percent of water in 22 districts of Kabul is contaminated with nitrate substances, which according to the study, it can cause kidney damage and other ailments. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: The number of respiratory diseases among children is on the rise because of air pollution in Kabul and in other provinces. Using low-quality fuels for warming houses in some towns and big buildings in Kabul is one of the main causes of polluted air. Click here to read more (external link).
Ayaz Gul VOA News / December 17, 2017 ISLAMABAD — The United Nations is calling on all parties in the Afghan conflict to facilitate health workers in conducting Monday’s urgent polio vaccination campaign in a volatile southern district with the highest number of polio virus cases of any district in the world. U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator Toby
Ayaz Gul VOA News / November 13, 2017 ISLAMABAD — Afghanistan and Pakistan officially are now the only two nations across the globe to have reported wild polio virus cases so far this year, though the numbers of cases have declined to historic lows. Armed conflicts, deadly attacks on polio vaccinators and instances such as lack