For Immediate Release
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- USAID will continue to fund the wide range of successful health programs in Afghanistan. USAID likewise will maintain its support of the Ministry of Public Health even after current activities end.
USAID commends the Ministry of Public Health and Her Excellency Minister Suraya Dalil for her leadership. Ministry efforts have enabled the international community to contribute to successes that have touched the lives of millions of Afghan men, women and children.
Our collaboration with the Ministry, along with assistance from other donors, dating back to 2002, has yielded impressive health gains. The Afghanistan Mortality Survey 2010, the most-extensive survey ever conducted in Afghanistan, documents the great improvements in infant, child, and maternal mortality achieved in all 34 provinces.
Despite the enormous gains in the health sector, Afghanistan remains a least-developed country and Afghans, particularly women and children, continue to face serious health challenges. A long-term partnership between Afghanistan and the international community remains critical. Investments in health are essential for development, including economic growth. USAID remains firm in its support to the Ministry of Public Health to ensure access to quality primary health care services for the people of Afghanistan.
Estimates suggest that through USAID’s program, the Ministry of Public Health supports access to health services for almost half the population of Afghanistan, with more than a million visits to USAID-supported facilities each month. Three out of every four of these patients are women or children.
USAID is proud to be a partner with the Ministry of Public Health in this crucial endeavor. We reiterate our commitment to support to the health sector in Afghanistan throughout the transition and the country’s Transformation Decade.
Last updated: April 15, 2014