21 October 2010 | Kabul, Afghanistan – On the occasion of World Sight Day, the Ministry of Public Health and the World Health Organization are launching a series of 10 eye camps to serve the less fortunate population suffering from cataract across Afghanistan. Thanks to a $90,000 donation from Kuwait's Patients Helping Fund, 2000 cataract surgeries will be performed across the country.
13 million Afghans at risk of contracting Leishmaniasis
14 October 2010 | Kabul, Afghanistan – The World Health Organization (WHO) today launched its
first global report on neglected tropical diseases. In light of an ongoing Leishmaniasis outbreak in
Herat, Afghanistan, WHO along with the Ministry of Public Health and the Afghan Red Crescent
Society used this opportunity to raise awareness about and advocate for neglected diseases in
Afghanistan, with special emphasis on Leishmaniasis, a disease that threatens the health of 13 million
vulnerable Afghans, especially women and girls.
Video: Afghanistan boosts preparedness for humanitarian health crises
11 October, 2010 -- Preparing for humanitarian crises is at the core of Afghanistan's new approach to scaling up its health system. WHO is supporting the Afghanistan government and Health Cluster partners to increase their capacities to better prepare for and respond to emergencies related to conflict and hazardous natural events.
Afghanistan appeals for increased, improved care for people with mental, neurological and substance use disorders
10 October 2010 | Kabul, Afghanistan –- On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, Afghan government officials, the World Health Organization and the European Commission reinforced the need to take action and make progress against mental, neurological and substance use disorders amongst Afghans.
WHO to work with health authorities to increase health services for remote population in under-resourced Afghan province
5 October 2010 | Bamyan, AFGHANISTAN -- The World Health Organization pledged its commitment to work with health authorities in the under-resourced province of Bamyan to reach remote populations with increased health services. Several districts of Bamyan, including Yakawlang, Panjab, Waras and Kahmard remain inaccessible for long durations during the year due to harsh winter conditions. This hampers health service delivery and puts the lives of hundreds of thousands of Afghans at risk.
Health sector calls for greater access to those most in need of health care
18 August 2010 | Kabul, Afghanistan -- To mark the significance of World Humanitarian Day, the health sector in Afghanistan has appealed for improved access by and to Afghans most in need of health care.
WHO rushes medical help to flood victims across Afghanistan
5 August 2010 | Kabul, Afganistan -- The World Health Organization has begun sending medical relief supplies to address health needs of victims of the flooding across provinces in central, eastern and northern Afghanistan.
Afghanistan launches new drive to prepare health sector for response to crises
3 August 2010 ¦ Kabul, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan has launched a new drive to better prepare its health sector, and the broader community, to cope with and respond to the impacts of conflict, hazardous natural events and other potential humanitarian crises.
WHO conducting a large delivery of medicines in Afghanistan
3 July 2010 | Kabul, Afghanistan -- The World Health Organization is currently conducting a large delivery of medicines and health supplies to Afghanistan, sending 430 tonnes of life-saving materials - enough for 1 million people - to health providers throughout the country.
WHO calls for intensified response to Afghan health challenges
26 April 2010 -- At a press conference in Kabul today, Dr Eric Laroche, Assistant Director-General for Health Action in Crises, World Health Organization (WHO) and Peter Graaff, WHO Country Representative also said more needs to be done to reduce infant and maternal mortality, and in areas of emergency planning and access.
Afghanistan, UN launches Vaccination Week, World Malaria Day
24 April 2010 -- It is vital to immunize more Afghans against vaccine-preventable diseases and protect them from malaria, government and United Nations officials said 24 April during a Kabul ceremony launching two major health events.
4 FEBRUARY 2005 | GENEVA -- The three countries on the Asian continent that still have polio are on target to end the disease this year, their health authorities said today. Last year, polio cases in Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan were slashed by 45%. Similar momentum this year should put an end to the transmission of polio in this particularly crowded corner of the world, which has proven a challenge to global eradication efforts.
Afghanistan: WHO appeals for US$ 1.2 million to tackle largest single epidemic of disfiguring disease
GENEVA -- Relatively small investment by international community could prevent misery for 200,000 in Kabul alone Displaced people and international staff most at risk Largest single outbreak of the disease in the world Decades of civil war in Afghanistan have not only destroyed much of the country's infrastructure. Neglected but treatable diseases have taken hold throughout this long history of conflict and defeated the efforts of doctors and clinics to bring them under control.
Baroness Nicholson: Health cruisal in Afghanistan's reconstruction
"Health is a fundamental building block for the reconstruction of Afghanistan," Baroness Emma Nicholson of Winterbourne said on her return from the Tokyo Donors Conference on Afghanistan. Baroness Nicholson represented the World Health Organization (WHO) at the Tokyo meeting.
Success of Afghanistan reconstruction will be measured in lives saved and improved
Health sector reconstruction in Afghanistan must be guided by a strong international commitment to save and improve lives, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated today. It also called for generous investment in health, at this crucial moment, as a key to future stability and socio-economic development in the country.