Current status of radioactive waste management in Afghanistan

  • Mohammad R. Tanha
  • Marlia M. HanafiahEmail author
  • Fazal R. Khalid
  • Mohammad A. Storai
  • Christoph Hoeschen


This study reviews the status of the radioactive material produced in Afghanistan. It also evaluates the legal framework and technical capabilities of Afghanistan in managing their radioactive sources. The study finds out that like many developing countries, Afghanistan is not an exception in poor management of its radioactive waste. The ineffectiveness of the system in managing radioactive waste due to the lack of technical and financial capabilities are discussed and some measures are recommended.


Radioactive waste Afghanistan Radioactivity Radioactive sources Orphan sources 



The authors are grateful to the offered support by the AAEHC, the US embassy in Kabul, MTH authority (the director of the hospital Prof. Mahmud Gul Kohdamani) and the NRI authorities of the MoPH in collecting and providing the relevant information, dose measurements and on site photography.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Medizintechnik (IMT)Otto-von-Guericke Universität MagdeburgMagdeburgGermany
  2. 2.Center for Earth Sciences and Environment, Faculty of Science and TechnologyUniversiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)BangiMalaysia
  3. 3.Centre for Tropical Climate Change System, Institute of Climate ChangeUniversiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)BangiMalaysia
  4. 4.Afghan Atomic Energy High Commission, Near Silo-e-MarkazKabulAfghanistan

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