AFGHANISTAN: Winter Health Crisis

Tens of thousands of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Afghanistan are vulnerable to cold-related diseases but have little or no access to health services, according to aid agencies.

Over 350,000 IDPs, including about 155,000 people displaced by conflict since November 2009, are living in camps and informal settlements in different parts of the country, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says.

Afghanistan is described as the “the most dangerous place to be born” given its notorious child mortality ratio (165 per 1,000 live birth),  and pneumonia accounts for about 25 percent of the deaths, according to WHO.

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