The New Humanitarian: Poor vaccine coverage coupled with widespread economic hardship in the wake of the Taliban takeover have created the perfect conditions for the virus to thrive. “The poor economical situation, the drought, the [lower] income of families faced with hunger, and fund cutting, job loss… all this is deteriorating the situation,” Hemat said.
Tolo News: Health officials in Badakhshan province say that due to the outbreak of measles 113 children have become “casualties” of measles in the past three months in the province. According to health officials, during this period more than 3,400 people in the provincial center and districts have been infected with the disease. Click here
Tolo News: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in their latest report said that Afghanistan is the third highest country in measles cases, after Somalia and Yemen. Doctors at the Indira Gandhi Children Hospital say that in April alone, 600 measles cases have been registered at the hospital. Click
Ariana: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Afghanistan has expressed concern about the rising incidence of measles in the country, saying that the provinces of Herat, Kunduz and Helmand are the most affected. MSF said Wednesday that in the past week alone, 90 children with measles had been admitted to a special ward in Herat province.
Ariana: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday warned that measles is on the rise among children in Afghanistan and that so far this year, at least 43,000 children have contracted the disease. Of this, 214 children have died in the past three months from measles, WHO reported. Click here to read more (external link).
By RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi March 22, 2022 Afghanistan is already mired in the world’s worst humanitarian disaster marked by widespread hunger, economic collapse, and the mass displacement of people. Now an extremely contagious viral disease — measles — is thriving in the country’s weakened state. Those issues have caused “irreparable damage” to Afghan children, according to
Ayaz Gul VOA News March 14, 2022 ISLAMABAD — A week-long measles vaccination campaign is underway in Afghanistan where the World Health Organization (WHO) says the extremely contagious viral disease has killed 142 children and infected 18,000 since the start of the year. “This measles immunization campaign is part of the national response measure to stop
8am: Based on the Doctors Without Borders report, Afghanistan will witness a significant increase in measles disease within the next six months in case a nationwide measles vaccination campaign is not launched. Click here to read more (external link).
8am: Health officials in Kunduz report, a 40-bed center for measles treatment has been established at District Hospital in Kunduz with funding by Doctors Without Borders (MSF). According to Kunduz Health Department, the center that treats measles patients has been built and equipped with modern medical supplies. Click here to read more (external link).
8am: Following the increase in measles disease in Afghanistan, the number of infected in Parwan province has also increased unprecedentedly. Health officials in Parwan province expressed concerns about the rapid spread of the measles virus. According to them, in the last two weeks alone, 80 cases of the disease have been registered in Parwan province.