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August 13, 2008

Lessons From the Health Sector in Afghanistan: How Progress Can Be Made in Challenging Circumstances

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: World Bank, Washington, DC.

JAMA. 2008;300(6):724-726. doi:10.1001/jama.300.6.724

News from Afghanistan has tended to focus on suicide bombings, the insurgency, and opium production. Relatively less attention has been paid to socioeconomic developments and how day-to-day life has been affected by the ongoing insecurity and the large development effort. The lack of interest in developments in Afghanistan's health sector is unfortunate because there are some potentially useful lessons to be learned for other countries confronting violence, insecurity, or deep poverty.