Afghanistan has suffered through 23 years of conflict and political
instability, mass population displacement, and human rights abuses, as well
as 3 years of severe drought, with an anticipated fourth year. Even as I write
this, the country is still in a state of conflict. Given this sad history,
it is not surprising that the health and human development indicators in Afghanistan
are among the worst in the world.
Efforts to improve the health of all Afghan people are an essential
part of national reconstruction, and supporting the reconstruction of the
health sector is a priority for WHO. Investing in health can be the foundation
of a country's social and economic development, for without a strong health
care system and a healthy, productive population, men and women cannot fully
participate in productive economic activities.
Brundtland GH. Afghanistan: Rebuilding a Health System. JAMA. 2002;287(18):2354. doi:10.1001/jama.287.18.2354