The Goldara clinic sits in the center of a ring of destitute villages in the vast Shomali Plain north of Kabul. It’s one of some 2,000 health facilities in the country today, up from only 400 a dozen years ago. According to the Afghan government, more than 60 percent of the population now has access to health services. – Sean Carberry for NPR
These examples of successful community healthcare in Afghanistan show much promise for the future of female and child health. However, we need to make sure that CHW programs are being supported primarily at a time when funding and foreign assistance may be leaving.
This gets to the thorny issue of sustaining the gains that have been made so far. The World Bank, the European Union and the U.S. Agency for International Development are the primary funders of Afghanistan’s basic health services. Continued support from USAID is most in doubt as the international community draws down its support for Afghanistan, says Maranto.
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