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Afghanistan Hosting A UN Funded Regional Health Conference

A senior official of Public Health Ministry of Afghanistan said on Sunday, that they are hosting a four-day regional health conference. // The conference, called "Health for All and Health by All", is being conducted in Kabul from today. It is the first such conference being held in Afghanistan over the past four years. Delegates from nine countries are attending the conference, and are meeting t...

UN To Launch Health Awareness Campaign In Afghanistan

The UN will launch a massive public awareness campaign on health and hygiene in violence-hit Afghanistaqn from Saturday. // ....The campaign by UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) aims to educate more than two million people in the country. .. ..The first phase of the campaign will begin in Kabul on June 24, targeting 850,000 people, before moving to Jalalabad, Mazar and Ghazni in following weeks. .. .....

Afghanistan's double-edged problem - AIDS and Heroin

Between 2001 and 2006, the number of AIDS cases reported from strife-torn Afghanistan, have grown from a manageable 8 to a formidable 61. //The increasing use of heroin has raised concern amongst health authorities as a significant cause of abetting the spread of AIDS in the nation. .. ..Anti-narcotics Minister Mohammad Zafar explained how the number of heroin users in Kabul has gone up from 7,00...

Advances Have Cut Combat Deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan

Advances in several different areas—including armored vests and other protective gear, streamlined systems for evacuation and casualty management, and new medical approaches—have combined to produce significant improvement// in the chances of survival for U.S. casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a Special Editorial in the November/December issue of The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery...

UN Sends Medicine to Afghanistan

Responding to a rise in pneumonia, bronchitis and other acute respiratory infections in Afghanistan // following a wave of record cold temperatures there, the United Nations health agency is sending antibiotics for thousands of people and putting in place a system to protect many more from catching the illnesses. ..“Early recognition and prompt treatment are essential if we are to save lives,”...

Bird Flu in Afghanistan

Afghan health ministry has confirmed the presence of bird flu in their county. This was disclosed by Faizullah Kakar, the deputy// from the health ministry. ..The lethal H5N1 virus was found in the eastern province of Nangarhar. Though initially a human case was suspected, later it was diagnosed as the case of malaria. The Nangarhar area has been quarantined and all the necessary precautions are...

Bird Flu Once Again in Afghanistan

Afghanistan has yet again paid the price for geographically being in the way of migrating// wild birds. ..The UN Food and Agriculture Organization spokesman Assadullah Azhari has confirmed the cases of 16 outbreaks of the virulent H5N1 strain of bird flu, in home –based poultry. ..The outbreaks are located in areas of Kabul the capital and eastern parts of the country. Azhari added that the...

Stigma, Lack of Education, Prevent the Spread of HIV in Afghanistan

Stigma and a lack of education and prevention efforts are fueling the spread of HIV in Afghanistan, the New York Times// reports. ....According to the Times, there are 69-recorded cases of HIV in the country; however, some health officials say the actual number of cases is much higher. The World Health Organization estimates that about 1,000 to 2,000 Afghans are HIV-positive. ....Nilufar Egam...

US Concerned About Mental Health of Diplomats in Iraq, Afghanistan

The State Department is conducting an internal survey to better help diplomats cope with the stress of assignments in places like Iraq and Afghanistan , a Department official said in testimony to Congress on Tuesday. ......Laurence Brown, the head of the State Department's Office of Medical Services, told a House of Representatives subcommittee that his office posted the anonymous survey on the...

Afghanistan Reports Fresh Bird Flu Cases

Afghanistan has reported thirteen fresh cases of bird flu, taking the total toll to 17, health officials// confirmed. ....According to Assadullah Azhari, a spokesman for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Kabul, nearly nine birds were found to suffer the lethal H5N1 strain of bird flu. ..To contain the disease, the Afghan government has forbidden the import of poultr...

Priority Needs to Be Given to Maternal Health in Afghanistan

Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Sultan Aziz, Asia-Pacific Regional Director of UNFPA have// pressed the need for more investment in women's health in Afghanistan. Afghanistan has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. More endeavors are needed, in this war torn country, to improve the health of the wo...

Insecurity Jepardising WFP Initiatives in Western Afghanistan

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that continuing security problems are hampering operations in some parts of Afghanistan , especially in the west of the country where food stocks are running short and thousands of the most vulnerable people may soon see critical food supplies curtailed or interrupted. ......"WFP has been unable to move food to the western region of Afghan...

Roshan Announces Launch of Afghanistan's First Telemedicine Project

Roshan, Cisco, Aga Khan University Hospital and the French Medical Institute for Children Team up to Expand Healthcare Access by Linking Afghan Hospitals to International Medical Institutions. ......Roshan, the leading telecom operator in Afghanistan, today launched a pioneering Telemedicine solution in Afghanistan to expand healthcare access and delivery across the country. Using broadband te...

Afghanistan Hopes to Eradicate Polio in Two Years

Afghanistan has set itself a target to eradicate the deadly poliomyelitis virus within two years with the support of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) member states, Afghan Health Minister Muhammed Amin Fatimi said here Friday. ......About 7.4 million children in Afghanistan needed to be immunized against polio and education programs on polio immunization is also needed, as few famili...
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