Afghanistan has made strong and continued progress when it comes to health, especially for women and children, over the last 15 years despite continuing insecurity by establishing and innovating a large-scale partnership model with NGOs for service delivery.
The report Progress in the Face of Insecurity: Improving Health Outcomes in Afghanistan, finds that such health gains have been underpinned by expanded health services and a stronger health system even in highly insecure provinces, which has been especially important for the health of mothers and children. These improvements were in fact larger than in more secure provinces in the country. However, rising insecurity since 2010 has slowed some of these gains.
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