Humanitarian Health Action

Afghanistan news and feature stories


  • 30 October 2014

    National polio immunization campaign inaugurated by Afghanistan’s Vice President

    A national immunization day polio vaccination campaign was inaugurated this week in Afghanistan by the country’s Vice President, Mr Mohammad Sarwar Danish, in a ceremony attended by Ministry of Public Health officials, UN partners and donor agencies. This week’s campaign marks the fourth round of national polio vaccination campaigns this year.

  • 28 July 2014

    WHO highlights viral hepatitis as a silent killer in Afghanistan

    Today the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners observe the World Hepatitis Day to increase awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis, its modes of transmission and the diseases that it causes. Viral hepatitis – a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E – affects millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic liver disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year.

  • 23 July 2014

    Post-disaster measles campaign completed in flood-affected provinces

    WHO and the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) with other partners have completed a post-disaster measles vaccination campaign in provinces affected by severe flooding in April-May this year.

  • 13 July 2014

    WHO supports training on mass casualty management and war trauma as number of civilian casualties rises

    This week Emergency NGO is training 17 surgeons from 13 provinces on trauma care in Kabul, supported by WHO and the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO).

  • 5 June 2014

    WHO conducts training for health care providers from Paktia province on gender mainstreaming in emergencies

    WHO Afghanistan office, together with the Ministry of Public Health, facilitated a training for health care providers on gender mainstreaming in emergencies this week. Twenty-one health care professionals from Paktia province attended the training, including nurses, midwives, psychologists, doctors and vaccinators.

  • 18 May 2014

    Badakhshan landslide: Mental health services and gender-sensitive relief among WHO’s key concerns

    People living in Abe Barak village in Badakhshan, north-east Afghanistan, faced destruction and devastation in their community when a landslide buried around 300 homes in up to 50 metres of mud, leaving many villagers with nothing.

  • 12 May 2014

    WHO strengthens health care provision in flood-affected areas amidst challenges

    Heavy rainfall since 24 April has resulted in flash floods in northern Afghanistan where 675 people have lost their lives and more than 16 000 people remain displaced. Recently, three more provinces have experienced flooding, bringing the number of people affected to 120 000. The floods have washed away houses and roads, and destroyed crops and livestock in 88 districts across 16 provinces. More floods are expected.

  • 30 April 2014

    WHO responds to health needs following floods in Afghanistan

    Heavy rainfall from 24 to 25 April 2014 resulted in flash floods across 10 provinces in northern, north-east and western Afghanistan. Initial reports indicate that Jawzjan province is the worst affected. According to the UN, more than 132 people have been killed, 27 000 affected and 16 000 displaced in Jawzjan, Faryab and Sar-e-Pul provinces as of 28 April.


  • 3 August 2014

    WHO supports Ministry's response to flash floods in Afghanistan

    On 3 August, heavy rains resulted in flash floods and high levels of water in 17 villages in the Surobi district of Kabul province, which affected 519 families, destroyed 458 homes, left 30 dead, and resulted in 22 missing people, as well as causing a significant amount of damaged agricultural fields and contaminated water wells.


  • 21 October 2010

    Every hour, 3 Afghans lose their vision

    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.

  • 14 October 2010

    13 million Afghans at risk of contracting Leishmaniasis

    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.

  • 11 October 2010

    Video: Afghanistan boosts preparedness for humanitarian health crises

    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.

  • 10 October 2010

    Afghanistan appeals for increased, improved care for people with mental, neurological and substance use disorders

    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.

  • 5 August 2010

    WHO rushes medical help to flood victims across Afghanistan

    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.

  • 4 August 2010

    Afghanistan launches new drive to prepare health sector for response to crises

    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.

  • May 2010

    Remote remedies: health care in Badakshan Afghanistan

    The rain pelts down as the doctor and a burka-wearing midwife cling to their horse and donkey as they trot up a slippery slope, leaving the roaring river below. They enter the isolated village of Khaspak, where many of its 800-plus inhabitants wait patiently for their one opportunity a month to meet with a qualified health worker.

  • 26 April 2010

    WHO calls for intensified response to Afghan health challenges

    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

  • 24 April 2010

    Afghanistan, UN launches Vaccination Week, World Malaria Day

    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

    South Asia slashes polio cases by nearly half

    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.


  • 2002

    Afghanistan: WHO appeals for US$ 1.2 million to tackle largest single epidemic of disfiguring disease

    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.

  • 23 January 2002

    Baroness Nicholson: Health crusal 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.