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Afghanistan Health Cluster Bulletin, February 2019

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  • Nine provinces have been affected by heavy rains and flooding. More than 40 people are known to have died, and hundreds of others have been injured or are missing. Numbers are likely to change as assessments are ongoing.

  • Current drought renders 3.3 million people severely food insecure. 280,000 people have already been displaced because of drought. Health status of those displaced and at place of origin are compromised with malnutrition, lack of maternal healthcare and potential disease outbreaks (AWD, respiratory infections, CCHF).

  • Returnees from Iran (69,369) Pakistan (3,338) and conflict displaced population (280,000 in 2018) face lack of essential services, including housing, food, health services, safe drinking water. Among with lack of maternal and child health, this population are particularly vulnerable to health issues related to non-communicable diseases, mental health and addiction.

  • Ongoing conflict continues to drive humanitarian needs with civilian casualties and damage to health and education facilities. In 2018, there has been 39% increase in civilian casualties leading to an increase need for trauma care. 22 incidence of attack on health care has been recorded in 2019. Majority are deliberate attacks targeting health facilities and health workers.