ONE UN for AFGHANISTAN

Health

Health

Category:Health,Six Thematic Areas

Protracted violence has had a direct impact on the physical and mental health of affected populations and compromises the overall functional capacity of health care services. The UN is cognizant that in addition to polio and immunization needs, there are other major diseases that threaten the population in Afghanistan and as such will leverage its comparative advantage and support the Ministry of Public Health in finding ways to address the same. In line with the Citizens’ Charter, the Health For All, and the Human Capital Development national priority programmes, UN agencies are helping the government to implement the National Health Policy 2015-20 and Strategy 2016-2020 which focus on the following:

    • Ensure universal access to primary health services;
    • Improve the quality of services, not just expanding the coverage;
    • Strengthen regulatory systems leading to improved workforce quality, pharmaceutical and supply chain management systems;
    • Ensure, through the Citizen Charter, provision of the Basic Package of Health Services, including mandated services at all clinics, minimum hours of operation, and basic staffing requirements;
    • Improve mechanisms for health service delivery, using Community Development Councils as the entry point for both governance and development activities at the micro-level;
    • Increase investment in health and define a sustainable model for health care financing. A significant share of any growth will be used to address the health needs of Afghanistan’s growing population;
    • Facilitate women’s engagement into the provision of health services; and
  • Build a responsive and effective public health administration at national and sub-national levels.