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Reproduction: Health: Afghanistan
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Twenty-four years of war, political and economic instability, population displacement and four years of severe drought have affected the health care system of Afghanistan. The status of reproductive health care of Afghani girls and women is ranked as one of the lowest in the world by such measures as fertility rate (6.8), maternal mortality rate (1,900 per 100,000 live births) (PRB 2005), and infant mortality rate (165 per 1,000 live births) (PRB 2004). Life expectancy for women at birth is 43 y…

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Gerami, Shahin and Lehnerer, Melodye, “Reproduction: Health: Afghanistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 27 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0191a>
First published online: 2009



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