War-weary Afghan children find joy, healing in circus training

Performing helps young people mentally escape the horror of the violence waged by the Taliban, say psychologists.

Opium addiction takes toll among women, children in Kunduz

Many working women in the area are turning to drugs to handle pain and fatigue, while giving them to their children to keep them calm.

Conspiracy theories fuel polio outbreak in Afghanistan

Polio immunisation is compulsory in Afghanistan, but distrust of vaccines is rife, especially in areas controlled by the Taliban.

Drug dealers, Taliban seek to expand illegal narcotics trade in Kunduz

The province is financing a number of projects aimed at countering the scourge, including building infrastructure, playgrounds, and health centres, and purchasing tractors for farmers.

Taliban's drug business spurs surge of addicts in Nangarhar

A lack of local treatment facilities has led the provincial government to transfer addicts to Kabul for treatment.

Afghan troops receive free health services as Taliban abandons wounded fighters

Many Afghan soldiers and their families have benefited from health services free of charge, while former Taliban fighters say their leaders offer no such support.

Kabul residents choke as air quality, temperatures plunge

The air quality index reading is often above 300, while at night it can top 600. Any reading over 100 is considered unhealthy, according to the World Health Organisation.

Militants, religious fanatics hamper polio eradication in Pakistan, Afghanistan

Government authorities and religious scholars on both sides of the border are working to counter anti-vaccination propaganda and end the preventable disease.

Bilateral cooperation allows Afghan doctors to get helping hand from Pakistan

Current efforts are part of a series of aid and development projects worth $500 million that started in 2007 under the Pakistan Technical Assistance Programme.

7,000 Helmand residents received prosthetic limbs last year

The International Committee of the Red Cross is providing life-changing services free of charge to Afghanistan's victims of war, officials and recipients of prosthetic limbs say.

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