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Country Map & Estimates of Vision Loss

Afghanistan

In 2020 in Afghanistan, there were an estimated 2.4 million people with vision loss. Of these, 180,000 people were blind.

Afghanistan

  • GBD Region
    North Africa and Middle East
  • GBD Super Region
    North Africa and Middle East
  • Population (2020)
    38.9 million
  • GDP per capita ($US, 2019)
    502
  • Human Development Index (HDI) (2019)
    0.5 (low)
  • Blindness (crude)
    0.50%
  • All vision loss (crude)
    6.60%
  • Proportion who are female
    51%
  • Gender ratio (age-std)
    1.09

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Crude prevalence of vision loss in Afghanistan, Nigeria, Mexico, 2020

(all ages, males & females)

Source: Data from VLEG/GBD 2020 model, accessed via the IAPB Vision Atlas
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National indicators for eye health services in Afghanistan

IAPB has collected key national indicator data on an annual basis since 2008.

Data sources include Ministry of Health staff or other key respondents, as well as published data. Data have not been received for all countries, or all indicators. The “Year Last Reported” column shows the most recent data received, and “No data” indicates no data available to IAPB in any year since 2008.

More information on data sources and limitations is available on the National indicators page.

Indicator
Data
Rank
Year Last Reported
Data Source
Cataract surgical service delivery
Effective cataract surgical coverage (eCSC)
No data
Cataract surgeries performed (annual)
21,315
51 of 120
Cataract surgical rate (CSR) (per million)
717
131 of 176
2014
Ministry of Health or key respondent
Number of eye care personnel by cadre
No. of ophthalmologists
138
2015
Resnikoff et al., 2020
Ophthalmologists per million
4.2
144 of 191
2015
Resnikoff et al., 2020
No. of optometrists
6
2015
Other
Optometrists per million
0.2
146 of 159
2015
Other
No. of allied ophthalmic personnel
111
2015
Ministry of Health or key respondent
Allied ophthalmic personnel per million
3
94 of 102
2015
Ministry of Health or key respondent
Data and assessments
Eye health prevalence data survey completed (since 1987)
RAAB
2010
Ministry of Health or key respondent
Eye Care Service Assessment completed?
ECSAT
2015
Ministry of Health or key respondent
International Vision Health Scorecard
No data
National eye health resources and plans
National Eye Health Co-ordinator
Yes
Ministry of Health or key respondent
National Eye Committee
Yes
Ministry of Health or key respondent
National Eye Health Plan
Yes
Ministry of Health or key respondent
National Eye Health Plan Start Date
2016
Ministry of Health or key respondent
National Eye Health Plan End Date
2020
Ministry of Health or key respondent