The Government of Japan, has pledged to continue and strengthen its support to the country’s children and women by committing 1.18 billion Japanese Yen (approximately $12 million) to efforts to eradicate polio and prevent the spread of other vaccine preventable diseases.
Public Private Partnership (PPP Unit) of Ministry of Public Health in association with the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) and the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), held the Investment Promotion Conference on in attendance of 150 national and international investors, bankers, representatives from the donor community and embassies on 2 February 2014 in Intercontinental Hotel of Kabul.
In the children’s ward at Rukha Hospital, burqa-clad mothers hover over big iron beds where their babies battle pneumonia, severe diarrhea, or typhoid fever.
Located 11,000 feet above sea level in the rugged mountains of Parwan Province, the U.S.-funded 20-bed Salang Hospital represents a significant step forward in medical services for local Afghans who previously had access to minimal medical care and were forced to travel 30 kilometers down treacherous mountain roads to obtain higher level hospital services.
About 30,000 children under five in Afghanistan die because of pneumonia and it is estimated that about 150,000 children are affected by it each year, according to the Afghan Ministry of Public Health.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) report that more than 35 million people live with HIV and AIDS worldwide, around half of which are women.