Afghan Women's Rights

Women Health

Background
Health is another major issue for Afghan women. According to UNICEF, Afghanistan remains as one of the world’s most dangerous places for women to have children. Learn More
Introduction
Women’s ill health is a serious problem in Afghanistan, with life expectancy at only 44 years of age and the maternal mortality ratio at 1,800 per 100,000 live births. Learn More
Nature and Magnitude of the Problem
The state of women’s health in Afghanistan is appalling and needs to be addressed. At only 44 years, female life expectancy in our country is among the lowest in the world and is 33 years lower than the global average. Learn More
Affected Populations
Women’s health issues in Afghanistan affect mainly impoverished and uneducated women living in rural areas. As 88% of our population lives in rural areas, these issues are of the utmost importance. Learn More
Risk Factors
Risk factors for women’s ill health and premature death in Afghanistan are primarily the high fertility rate, lack of access to health services, lack of adequate clean water and sanitation, low rates of female education, and social oppression inflicted by the Taliban regime. Learn More
Economic and Social Consequences
The economic and social consequences of women’s ill health in Afghanistan are significant due to the pervasive nature of the problem. Short life expectancy combined with risk of maternal morbidity and mortality directly affects the young children of mothers who die in childbirth, ... Learn More
Priority Action Steps
In order to improve women’s health and prolong female life expectancy, we must address the areas of diagnosis, transport, and treatment in regard to maternal health, as well as improve women’s educational status. Learn More