Health matters: access to health services during displacements
Contributions from WHO and the health cluster in Afghanistan
In 2018, over 380,000 people were displaced from their homes because of conflict. Also last year 800,000 undocumented Afghan people returned home from neighbouring countries. These undocumented returnees face significant difficulties in accessing social services and consequently often experience significant poverty.
Under the basic package of health services (BPHS) in Afghanistan, the whole population, including displaced people, returnees and migrants, are ensured adequate access to essential health services. The BPHS is a strategy for the implementation of primary health care (PHC) which outsources service delivery to NGOs.
Tackling chronic diseases for IDPs and returnees
Some 36 per cent of IDPs and returnees in Afghanistan are diagnosed with life-threatening non-communicable diseases (NCDs). In 2018, the health cluster and its partners began to supply essential medicines and supplies for NCDs as part of the emergency response for IDPs and returnees. The overall response strategy is also strengthening the capacity of frontline workers through new training on how to recognize, assess and treat NCDs.
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