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Afghanistan: Transforming Its Health System to Address the Needs of Its People

May 21 @ 3:48 pm EDT

The Health Policy Project cordially invites you to:
Afghanistan: Transforming Its Health System to Address the Needs of Its People

Thursday, April , 2015

National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045

8:00 -9:00 AM:           Registration and breakfast
9:00 – 10:30 AM:       Panel discussion
10:30- 11:00 AM:        Informal networking time

Panel Featuring:

Dr. Omarzaman Sayedi
Team Leader for Health Policy Project Afghanistan, Futures Group

Carol Horning

Professor, International Development, U.S. Army War College
Former Director, Office of Social Sector Development, USAID Afghanistan

Others to be announced


Karen Allen
BBC Foreign Correspondent


Despite decades of war, Afghanistan is making significant gains in expanding basic health services and improving the health of its people. Government strategies led by the Ministry of Public Health are helping to put Afghanistan on the path to stronger government stewardship and greater sustainability of the health system while also leading the way in reforms that will positively influence the broader society.

  • Over the past decade, the maternal mortality rate declined from an estimated 1,400 deaths per 100,000 live births to 327.
  • The Health Economics and Financing Directorate is exploring innovative ways to increase domestic revenue sources for health, such as tax policies and health insurance, while also improving the tracking of health expenditures.
  • The Directorate for Private Sector Coordination and Public-Private Partnership Unit is fostering opportunities for public-private partnerships and private investment to expand health service delivery.
  • The Ministry of Public Health is one of the first ministries to adopt a gender policy and form a Gender Directorate. Gender is being integrated into the health budget to increase women’s access to health services with a program-monitoring component to ensure accountability.

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May 21
3:48 pm UTC-4