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Access to health care in Afghanistan is improving, study shows

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39201.772083.BE (Published 03 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:925
  1. Tessa Richards
  1. BMJ

    An independent evaluation of health services in Afghanistan carried out by Johns Hopkins University has shown that access to care and key health indicators have improved over the last three years.

    Speaking at a press conference in Kabul last week to draw attention to the study, the country's minister of public health, Mohammad Amin Fatimi, said that the data provided “clear signs of health sector recovery.”

    Further evidence of this recovery came from a conference on health research held earlier in the week to mark the opening of Afghanistan's first public health institute.

    “This was a landmark event,” said Egbert Sondorp, senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who has been working in Afghanistan for several years. “It's the …

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