BBC News: About 3,000 Afghans attempt to take their own lives every year, according to the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC). Herat province accounts for more than half of all cases nationwide. Globally, there are more male suicides than female suicides – but in Afghanistan it is estimated that 80% of suicide attempts are made by
1TV: Mohammad Qasim Sangin, chief medic of 100-bed hospital in Parwan province, said that more than 100 people visited the hospital complaining from stomach pain after drinking water from Panjshir River. He said that samples of the water had been sent to capital Kabul for investigation. Click here to read more (external link).
Ariana: Nearly 2,000 addicts are spending their day and night in a cemetery in Saray Shamali area of the capital Kabul. Surprisingly, some of the dogs in the area have also been addicted to drugs. People are narrating thousands of stories from the cemetery, even one claims the addicts have taken a dead body out of
Global Polio Eradication Initiative: Every child needs to be vaccinated to protect them from poliovirus. To achieve this, detailed plans are prepared for vaccination teams. The aim is to find each child under 5 years of age – in Afghanistan, that is around 10 million altogether – and to reach them with vaccines. Click here to
Business Standard: In just 10 years, despite conflict and widespread poverty, Afghanistan made significant improvements in its health indicators: Under-five mortality reduced 29%, stunting declined from 54% in 2004 to 40% and underweight children declined from 39% to 20% in 2013. Coverage of several maternal care interventions increased: Antenatal care–care during pregnancy–increased from 16% to 53%, births assisted
Reuters: Deteriorating security is forcing Afghanistan to spend more money on trauma care, rather than investing in women and children’s health, its health minister said Thursday. Click here to read more (external link).
Ariana: Tribal elders and residents of Musa Khil district in Khost province have decided to fine with five thousand Afghanis as a punishment those families that prevent their daughters from going to schools. Manadeer Mangal a tribal elder told Ariana News that if we allow our daughters to go to schools and study especially medical section, the
The Guardian (UK): In an impoverished country where support is limited at best, people with disabilities must look to their families for help. Mahgul, 69, is the sole carer for her four siblings, who suffer from microcephaly – a birth defect that prevents the skull from growing. The condition is so rare in Afghanistan that there
IRIN: This week, Afghan authorities launched a new round of polio immunisations – the second nationwide campaign this year. They hope to reach more than 9.9 million children across the country with oral vaccines before the start of the polio “high season” in the warmer summer months, when the virus is most infectious. The front line of the
Xinhua: Rita Hamidi, a newly graduated midwife, urged the Afghan government to provide female medical staff with proper jobs and security as they struggle to save lives in the war-torn country. “Over the past decades, the scarcity of professional midwives has been the main reason behind the high rate of maternal mortalities, particularly in the countryside.