The Need

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FACTS AT A GLANCE 

Average Life Expectancy - 43 years 

14 children die from preventable diseases every 30 minutes. 

One out of every four children dies before the age of five. 

Malnutrition among children is 50%. 

10,000,000 landmines remain after decades of war. 

One Afghan woman dies in childbirth every 30 minutes. 

20,000 women die in childbirth each year. 

Per capita GDP – $700. 

Disabled population is 17% 

Population with access to improved water is 13% 

Literacy rate is 14% for women and 43% for men 

Just $93 in development aid has been spent per Afghan per year over the past seven years 

AFGHANISTAN STATISTICS 

Population: 

31,889,923 (est.)  

Ethnic groups: 

Pashtun 42%, Tajik 27%, Hazara 9%, Uzbek 9%, Aimak 4%, Turkmen 3%, Baloch 2%, other 4%  

Literacy: 

total population: 28.1%  

male: 43.1%  

female: 12.6% (2000 est.)  

Land use: 

arable land: 12.13%  

Population below poverty line: 

53% (2003)  

Population: 

31,889,923 (est.)  

Median age: 

total: 17.6 years  

male: 17.6 years  

female: 17.6 years (2007 est.)  

Life expectancy at birth: 

total population: 43.77 years  

male: 43.6 years  

female: 43.96 years (2007 est.) 

Ethnic groups: 

Pashtun 42%, Tajik 27%, Hazara 9%, Uzbek 9%, Aimak 4%, Turkmen 3%, Baloch 2%, other 4%  

Literacy: 

total population: 28.1%  

male: 43.1%  

female: 12.6% (2000 est.)  

Land use: 

arable land: 12.13%  

Population below poverty line: 

53% (2003)  

Roadways: 

total: 34,782 km  

paved: 8,229 km  

unpaved: 26,553 km