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Life in Afghanistan

Afghanistan has some of the world's worst health indicators, with an average life expectancy of 47.

About one in five children dies before its fifth birthday. Most women - particularly in rural areas - are never seen by a health professional during pregnancy and childbirth and the country has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world - nearly one in 50 births.

Most people lack access to safe drinking water and sanitary facilities. Disease, malnutrition and poverty are widespread and an estimated 6.5 million people are dependant on food aid.

International organisations are also helping the Ministry of Health provide a basic healthcare service to the entire population.

In 2006 a campaign was launched to immunise seven million children against polio. Since 2002 UN agencies have given 16 million vaccinations against measles, saving an estimated 35,000 lives.

Health

Clockwise from top left: Men pull aid through snow; polio victim with prosthetic leg; mother and child; US-run clinic

Clockwise from top left: Men pull aid through snow; polio victim with prosthetic leg; mother and child; US-run clinic in Khost

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