Afghanistan, Kabul, May 2006

TB patients registering for their monthly food ration at a clinic in Kabul.

WFP provides assistance to tens of thousands of TB patients across Afghanistan. By providing a family food ration every month (wheat, pulses, oil and salt), WFP gives poor, hungry patients an incentive to complete the lengthy 8 month course of treatment.

WFP's programme supports the government's campaign against TB, along with WHO and NGO's such as German Medical Services that runs this clinic in the capital.

TB is one of the major public health issues in Afghanistan with around 72,000 new cases per year and 15,000 deaths (over 80% of which are women).

Photo:WFP/Richard Lee

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