quality and accessibility still remains suboptimal. Thirty percent of population has limited access due to lack of security, 40% of population living more than one hour's travel from nearby health facility and skilled birth attendance is less than 40%. Afghanistan's socioeconomic indicators show a mixed picture of progress and challenges, some of which remain a major concern. Life expectancy is low (60 years), despite a significant decline, infant, under-five and maternal mortality, respectively at 77 per 1000 live births, 99 per 1000 live births and 460 per 100 000 live births are still high, and an extremely high prevalence of chronic malnutrition with 39% of all under 5 children and widespread occurrence of micro-nutrient deficiency. There is a high burden of communicable diseases, which account for more than 60% of all outpatient visits and more than half of all deaths.
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