Discrepancies between official estimations about Afghanistan population

Dr.A.F.Daanish, Professor in Kabul Medical University

A descriptive study was carried out by comparing documents and reports from different governmental sources about the Afghanistan population to check if they are matching.  Age group distribution (proportion of under 5 and under 19) has been used as the measure. Although due to several reasons complete matching was not expected, unjustifiable and unacceptable discrepancies were found. It is concluded that either the total number of the population is more than 41 million (while Central Bureau of Statistics estimated it to be 28.6 million), or more than 3 million children in Vaccination Campaign and about 4 million students in schools have been over reported (more than 60% and 55% difference with officially stated figures respectively), or all of these estimations are invalid.

Article in persian