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24 mothers die daily from maternal mortality in Afghanistan: WHO

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a clear warning about the situation in Afghanistan. Every day, around 24 mothers lose their lives due to preventable maternal causes. This tragic loss of life directly results from these mothers not receiving the necessary health assistance. This problem has been further exacerbated by a shortfall in funding, making it imperative to address these challenges promptly.

The WHO warned on a social media platform X, “Estimated 24 mothers die each day of preventable maternal mortality causes under the current funding.”

The organization added, “This number is projected to rise dramatically if the current funding shortage continues.”

The WHO has issued a recent warning regarding Afghanistan with a severely compromised health system. The report underscores the grave risks to millions of lives due to food insecurity and malnutrition, amplified by infectious diseases, ongoing outbreaks, and a harsh drought.

The report reveals a shocking increase in the demand for humanitarian assistance, soaring to 28.8 million people in 2023 from 18.4 million before the Taliban assumed power in August 2021.

This alarming escalation underscores the urgent requirement for intensified support and relief efforts in the affected region.

Within the health sector, the report indicates that a surprising 14 million individuals (encompassing 7.5 million children and 3.1 million women) are now set aside for health aid.

However, the report highlights a concerning disparity, with only 8.4 million people receiving assistance during the initial half of 2023. This shortfall emphasizes the need for enhanced efforts to bridge the gap and provide vital health support to vulnerable people.

The WHO’s funding for 2022-2023 amounts to US$480 million, with US$355 million implemented or available. Yet, a funding gap of US$125 million remains to uphold essential health needs for the remainder of 2023.

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