19 February 2019

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Saturday September 1, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Mass measles vaccine campaign has started in 17 provinces of the Afghanistan today.
It is supposed that 13.8 million children aged 9 months to 10 years will be received measles vaccinations.
Officials in public health ministry say, for the first time the campaign will be implemented in 17 provinces then will be implemented across the country.
It has been said, thousands children will be deprived from measles vaccinations due to presence and threat of terrorist groups in their areas.
Ministry of public health’s authorities asked from Taliban and other terrorist groups to allow implementing of measles vaccinations.
Meanwhile, the ministry’s officials demanded from families to implement measles vaccine for their children (9 months to 10 years).

Friday August 31, 2018 Kabul (BNA) India has assured Afghanistan of continued financial assistance for the treatment of Afghan children suffering from congenital heart disease as part of its massive humanitarian assistance to the war-torn country, it learnt. India has been providing annual financial assistance of one million dollars since 2015-16 to the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS). The third instalment of USD 1 million was disbursed to ARCS in August 2017. With this assistance, from August 2017 to July 2018, a total of 467 Afghan children, covering age group from as young as four months to 18 years have been treated at Artemis, Fortis, Max Hospital and other hospitals. Kabul is hopeful that many more needy Afghan children and their families would benefit from this assistance. India takes pride in being able to contribute towards the good health and well-being of Afghan children and people of the embattled country. India has played a major role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime and has invested over $2 billion in various reconstruction and infrastructure projects. The construction of the major Salma Dam, the new Afghan parliament building, Zaranj-Delaram highway, and some other projects are among the key investments India has done so far in the country. India pledged a fresh aid package of $1 billion to support the reconstruction projects in Afghanistan during a visit by Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to New Delhi in late 2016. Thestatesman Ansari

Tuesday August 28, 2018
Kabul (BNA) Japan has responded to an urgent call for scaling up maternal and child health action in Afghanistan with new assistance to UNICEF of $8.1 million.
The grant is a part of the overall support for the wellbeing of mothers and children, with focus on health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, through the scale-up of the system as part of the Basic Primary Health Service (BPHS) across all 34 provinces. A grant-signing ceremony was held today at the Embassy of Japan in Kabul between Ambassador Mitsuji Suzuka and UNICEF representative Adele Khodr. Minister of Public Health Ferozudin Feroz was also in attendance.
“I would like to thank the government and people of Japan for supporting the Ministry of Public Health in scaling up this important project. I would like to thank UNICEF, our trusted partner…” the minister added.
Since January 2016, the Ministry of Public Health, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), UNICEF, the WHO and other partners have been working together to develop Afghanistan’s first ever integrated home-based and hand-held personal record of maternal and child health and nutrition.
A prototype of the Afghanistan Maternal and Child Health Handbook (MCHHB) was developed last year and piloted in Kama and Mirbachakot districts. The Ministry of Public Health is now ready to scale up implementation of the MCHHB across all 34 provinces. The contribution will target 5.2 million beneficiaries – 2.1 million pregnant women and 3.1 million children under two years of age – and their respective families. Adele Khodr said: “UNICEF values the partnership with the government of Japan and the sustained support to children in need, especially within a protracted context such as Afghanistan. “Continued investment in Afghanistan’s children, especially the most vulnerable is a key building block for the future stability and development of this country,” she stressed. Ambassador Suzuka remarked: “One aspect of Japan’s development policy is promotion of improvement of the public health system, especially for women. This system continues for more than 70 years in Japan and has now been expanded in many parts of the world. “This handbook is a collection of information that highlights the health of children. The mothers become happy whenever looks at the handbook and see the healthy growth of their children at growing stage and afterwards. Now it’s time for Afghanistan to be distributed through their relevant authorities. “Although, it is important, of course, the distribution of the handbook itself does not guarantee the health of the mothers and healthy growth of the children. It is essential to have a good public health network, access to health facilities and the cooperation of public health personnel. I hope that the handbook will be used better in Afghanistan and further developed.”

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Herat (BNA) Approximately 260 children with Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) in the western province of Afghanistan have been treated, BNA reported yesterday.
Provincial director of Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) Nooruddin Ahmadi told BNA, of the 7500 children with VSD disease in the western region of the country, 260 of them have been treated so far.
There are still 7500 children with VSD disease in the western parts of the country which are treated in turn, Ahmadi added.
He further said, if a child with VSD has a sever health condition and threatens her death, regardless of the times it is being treated.

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