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Surge in fighting in Afghanistan will further impede access to health care, warns WHO

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 23 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5594
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    The expected increase in fighting in south east Afghanistan in the coming months following troop surges in the country is likely to further impede access to basic health services for large numbers of civilians, the World Health Organization has warned.

    Peter J Graaff, the agency’s country representative in Afghanistan, said on 18 December that at present in excess of six million people, or nearly one fifth of the population, do not have regular access to basic health services largely because of the fighting and fear and insecurity in very large parts of the country.

    “There will be more active fighting, and there …

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