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  • May 8, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans Angry Over Fake Medicine
    IWPR: For the last year Ziaullah, a resident of Jalalabad city in the eastern province of Nangarhar, has been regularly taking the medicine his doctor prescribed to treat his kidney stones. But his agonising condition had not improved for one simple reason, he told IWPR. It was virtually impossible to get decent medication locally, with a market flooded with substandard or out-of-date drugs.      Full news...

  • February 25, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Maternal death rates in Afghanistan may be worse than previously thought
    The Guardian: For years, declining death rates among pregnant women have been hailed as one of the great gains of foreign aid in Afghanistan. In reality, however, Afghan women dying in pregnancy or childbirth may be more than twice as high as numbers provided by donors would suggest. Since 2010, published figures have shown maternal mortality rates at 327 for every 100,000 live births, a significant drop from 1,600 in 2002.      Full news...

  • February 6, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    119 People Killed In Recent Avalanches And Snowstorms
    TOLOnews.com: Senior officials on Monday confirmed 119 people have died in the past few days in avalanches and heavy snowstorms that gripped large parts of the country. They also confirmed that over 80 people were injured in weather related incidents. The minister of public works, Mahmood Baligh, said authorities have managed to reopen most key highways to traffic but urged motorists using the Salang Pass to chain their tyres.      Full news...

  • January 1, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Urgent need for more burn centres
    The Killid Group: Burn injuries are very common, but there are simply not enough facilities to treat patients. Shafiqa, 22, talks of her sister who died on the day of her engagement from burn injuries when the “gas balloon” stove of the family exploded. By the time she was rushed from a remote area of Ghazni province to the public Istiqlal Hospital in Kabul, the closest hospital to treat burn patients, she was dead while three others including two sisters-in-law were admitted with serious injuries.      Full news...

  • August 21, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Girl Dies In Iran Because Of Transplant Law
    TOLOnews.com: Latifa Rahmani, a 12-year-old Afghan immigrant died in an Iranian hospital on Friday afternoon after being denied the opportunity to undergo liver transplant surgery. Latifa died in the Namazi Hospital in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz from liver failure, Iran media reported.      Full news...

  • August 10, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanista’s healthcare system struggles to rebound
    Al Jazeera: Afghanistan has one of the worst healthcare systems in the world, with many having little or no access to medical treatment. Years of civil war have devastated the healthcare infrastructure, and unlike other countries in the region, Afghanistan has seen increasing rates of preventable diseases such as diarrhoea and respiratory infections.      Full news...

  • June 22, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Where Birth Can Bring Death
    IWPR: Hundreds of women are dying in childbirth in the southeastern Afghan province of Paktika each year due to a severe lack of antenatal and neonatal care, an IWPR investigation can reveal. There is only one female doctor in the entire province, and conservative traditions mean that most pregnant women cannot seek help from male health care professionals.      Full news...

  • April 27, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan mineral wealth being looted by strongmen, experts say
    Associated Press: The brilliant blue stone lapis lazuli, prized for millennia, is almost uniquely found in Afghanistan, a key part of the extensive mineral wealth that is seen as the best hope for funding development of one of the world's poorest nations. Instead, lapis has become a source of income for the Taliban, smugglers and local warlords, emblematic of the central government’s struggle to gain control over the resources and rein in corruption.      Full news...

  • February 17, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Health care needs urgent treatment
    The Killid Group: More than 60,000 people travel out of the country for medical treatment every year spending some 3 million USD. At the inauguration of an emergency ward in Jamhoriat Hospital, Kabul, Minister of Public Health Ferozuddin Feroz admitted people were suspicious of the quality of health care available in the country. He said 70 percent of CT scans and MRIs in “government and non-governmental” facilities were unreliable.      Full news...

  • January 7, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Nine Months Fighting Malnutrition in Helmand Province
    Doctors Without Borders: Australian pediatric nurse Sam Templeman recently returned from Helmand Province, in the south of Afghanistan, where he worked with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) from December 2014 to September 2015. In the provincial capital city, Lashkar Gah, MSF supports the Ministry of Public Health’s Boost Hospital. Here, Templeman discusses his experience.      Full news...

  • September 18, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan tackles hidden mental health epidemic
    The Guardian: Mohammad Qassem had been chained to a wall for 13 days. Locked in a tiny concrete cell with his hands and feet shackled, he had 27 days left before he would be declared healthy. During that period, the keeper of the holy shrine where Qassem was held would feed him only tea, bread and black pepper, ostensibly to rid him of what his family said was insanity.      Full news...

  • August 27, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In Badakhshan, strongmen plundering historical sites
    PAN: Emboldened by lingering insecurity, gunmen are digging up historical sites to plunder the national wealth in parts of remote northeastern Badakhshan province -- home to the region’s rich cultural heritage and a key link between China and South Asia.With a diverse ethno-linguistic and religious community, the people of Badakhshan retained opulent cultural heritage and they have preserved unique ancient forms of music, poetry and dance. Badakhshan was an important trade centre during antiquity.      Full news...

  • July 25, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Deep trauma of life beneath the drones
    News.com.au: When a Western soldier suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, there are doctors and organisations who can help them recover from the heartbreaking legacy of war. When it is someone from Afghanistan, where bombings regularly wreak devastation and tear families apart, you are unlikely to find any assistance, since there is little understanding of mental illness in the country.      Full news...

  • June 15, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Aynak copper mine has plagued lives with conflict
    The Guardian: Afghanistan faces an existential crisis over its untapped natural resources. After decades of war and insecurity, the Afghan government and foreign investors are pushing to exploit minerals under the ground but real dangers exist with little enforced regulation. Like Papua New Guinea and Haiti, two other nations with natural wealth that are blighted by the “resource curse”, Afghanistan could be seriously considering leaving resources untouched...      Full news...

  • April 28, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    At least 52 missing, feared dead in Afghanistan landslide
    Reuters: At least 52 people are missing and feared dead following a landslide in a remote village in northeastern Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday. Officials in the province of Badakhshan, about 600 kilometers from the capital, Kabul, are arranging helicopters to fly to the village to rescue survivors, said provincial governor Shah Waliullah.      Full news...

  • March 9, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Preserving History: Lessons From Afghanistan and Iraq
    The Diplomat:The Islamic State’s bulldozing of statues, walls, and a castle in the ancient Assyrian capital of Nimrud drew international condemnation last week. Writer Mohammad Rabia Chaar, speaking with Anne Barnard of The New York Times, was particularly sickened. “Daesh wants people wit no memory, with no history, with no culture, no past, no future,” Chaar said, referring to an Arabic derivation of the group’s name. ISIS even destroyed the winged bulls that adorn Iraqi currency, calling the statues “false idols.”      Full news...

  • February 25, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Avalanches in Afghanistan kill at least 108
    Associated Press: Alanches caused by a heavy winter snow have killed at least 108 people in northeastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said Wednesday, as rescuers clawed through debris with their hands to save those buried beneath. The avalanches buried homes across four northeastern provinces, said Mohammad Aslam Syas, the deputy director of the Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority.      Full news...

  • February 18, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans Discuss Trauma of War
    IWPR: Decades of war have had a disastrous effect on Afghans’ mental health, according to panellists in a series of IWPR-organised debates. At one event held on February 1 at the women’s affairs department in the Wardak province, southwest of Kabul, Dr Hanifa Yusufi noted that decades of conflict had had a profound impact, especially on women and young children.      Full news...

  • February 8, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Shadow on the economy
    The Killid Group: Hopes pinned on Aynak in Logar, Hajigak in Bamyan and the Amo river as potential sources of huge tax revenue for Afghanistan are fading. Ambitious plans to mine copper and iron ore in Aynak and Hajigak respectively are still on paper; oil drilling from the Amo river has started but it’s nowhere close to the 300,000 barrels projected when the contract was awarded in 2012.      Full news...

  • February 3, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Ghor hospital: Where four patients share a bed
    PAN: Residents on Tuesday complained about a shortage of doctors and medical practitioners at government hospitals and overall poor health services in western Ghor province. Four patients, sharing a single bed, were treated by doctors at the main hospital, residents said, adding it had been a normal practice for years. The building of Ghor Civil Hospital was constructed some 50 years ago.      Full news...

  • January 6, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Killing, not curing: deadly boom in counterfeit medicine in Afghanistan
    The Guardian: At the beginning of December Najib’s 10-week-old daughter fell ill, crying with stomach ache late into the night. The next day her chest seemed to hurt, so Najib took her to the doctor, who prescribed paracetamol for the pain, phenobarbital for sedation and the antibiotic cefixime to kill potential bacteria. But over the next few days the baby’s health deteriorated. “She was healthy. We did not expect that this disease would affect her like that,” Najib, 30, said.      Full news...

  • July 2, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Stark choice for many Afghans: sickness or debt
    IRIN: The cost of health care is throwing many poor Afghans into a cycle of debt. While most now have access to basic public health care, the quality is so low that many patients seek out private services at a higher cost than they can afford - driving some of them further into poverty.      Full news...

  • June 21, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Iran excavates Ghorian iron resources illegally
    PAN: Iranian authorities have been excavating iron mine located in the border area between the two countries in western Herat Province, an official said. Farid Ahmad Ziartujai, administrative chief of the district, told Pajhwok Afghan News the mine resources were located in the Chab and Cha Shor localities of the district.      Full news...

  • June 8, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Flash floods kill at least 80 in northern Afghanistan
    Los Angeles Times: At least 80 people have been killed and more than 100 are missing in two days of severe flooding in northern Afghanistan, officials said Sunday. Families were searching desperately for loved ones amid the wreckage of waterlogged villages after flash floods that began Friday in Baghlan province swallowed up houses made of mud.      Full news...

  • June 3, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Unauthorized mining underway in country’s largest coalmine
    PAN: Excavation of the country’s largest coalmine in northern Samangan province was underway in an unregulated way since long, an official said on Tuesday. This coal reserves is situated 117 kilometres to the west of Aibak City, the provincial capital in the Dara-i-Suf district. The mine has rich coals quality coals where 300 tunnels had been dug so far.      Full news...

  • May 22, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s hidden gems
    Al Jazeera: It’s reckoned that as much as 60 percent of Afghanistan’s gross domestic product has been generated from the presence of foreign troops over the past decade - either directly through military spending in the country, or because of the billions of dollars of aid and investment that followed in its wake.      Full news...


  • May 5, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Photograph at Argo mudslide mass grave sparks anger
    PAN: Afghans are angry at officials who posed for a photo with smiling faces on a red carpet spot near the mass grave for victims of a massive mudslide in the Argo district of northeastern Badakhshan province. Local officials have said there was now no hope for more than 2,000 people believed buried in their homes by the mudslide that engulfed Ab Barik village on May 2.      Full news...


  • April 25, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Thousands homeless after floods kill more than 100 across Afghanistan
    Reuters: More than 100 people have been killed and thousands left homeless by flash floods in north and west Afghanistan, officials said on Friday, prompting desperate pleas for help from the impoverished provincial authorities. Thousands of homes have been engulfed by flood waters in four provinces after three days of heavy rain in what is traditionally a wet period at the start of spring.      Full news...



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