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Building on Early Gains in Afghanistan's Health, Nutrition, and Population Sector: Challenges and Options (Directions in Development)

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This volume is the first of its kind to present a comprehensive assessment of the health sector in Afghanistan. Although health outcomes here are some of the worst in the world, the sector has made considerable progress since 2001. A nationwide survey conducted in late 2006 found that the infant mortality rate had fallen from 165 to 129 per 1,000 live births, and the under-five mortality rate had fallen from 257 to 191 per 1,000 live births. These figures represent a 22 percent and a 26 percent decline, respectively, from the end of 2001. Similarly, coverage of prenatal care has increased from less than 5 percent to 32 percent, and childhood vaccinations of DPT3 (diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus) have increased from less than 20 percent to 35 percent between 2003 and 2006. Administrative data indicate that the number of functioning primary health care facilities has nearly doubled, from 498 in 2001 to more than 936 in 2008. Also, the quality of care in publicly financed facilities has increased by about 22 percent from 2004 to 2006. Although this progress is encouraging, it is not sufficient to ensure that Afghanistan will achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 'Building on Early Gains in Afghanistan 's Health, Nutrition, and Population Sector' presents specific policy options for Afghanistan 's Ministry of Public Health to consider in advancing to the next level of care for its population. The guiding principles of these options are consistency with the ministry 's vision and the feasibility of implementation. The specific challenges include revising the content of the basic package of health services (BPHS), rethinking the delivery of the BPHS, securing sustained and predictable financing, defining the role of the emerging private sector, addressing the shortage of human resources for health, and expanding the capacity of the ministry to enable it to effectively carry out its stewardship functions. This book was prepared as a resource for policy makers, practitioners, and researchers in Afghanistan and other conflict-affected countries. It emphasizes the policy implications of the findings presented.

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This volume documents recent achievement in the rebuilding of Afghanistan's health system, identifies problem areas, and presents policy suggestions for continued improvement. A joint effort between Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health, the World Bank, the European Union, and the US Agency for International Development, the work covers the development of the health system of Afghanistan between the period of 2002 and 2008. Organized into eight chapters, the volume discusses the results of studies conducted regarding the structure of rural Afghanistan's private health sector, financing of the health system, available human resources, and the administrative abilities of the Ministry of Public Health. Major challenges are examined and a set of practical policy options for strengthening public health in Afghanistan is detailed. Meant as a resource for policy makers in Afghanistan, this work will be of merit to humanitarian groups and others seeking to improve access to health care in troubled regions. Written by World Bank staffers, the volume includes a useful list of abbreviations as well as a number of appendixes containing tables and graphs. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The report is prepared to provide a source of information for practitioners and researchers alike. It brings together the ever accumulating evidence and experience of the health sector and suggests ways of moving forward.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780821383353
Author:
World Bank Group
Publisher:
World Bank Publications
Editor:
Belay, Tekabe A.
Subject:
Afghanistan
Subject:
Statistics, Medical
Subject:
Public health - Afghanistan
Subject:
Health Care Delivery
Subject:
Nutrition
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Series:
Directions in Development
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
5.98x9.01x.47 in. .68 lbs.

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