Amidst rising violence, Afghanistan medical centers fall short

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Amidst rising violence, Afghanistan medical centers fall short

Health care in Afghanistan has undeniably improved since the Taliban regime was toppled 13 years ago.

The Afghan Public Health Ministry estimates that there are now well over 2,000 health facilities across the country, compared with about 500 in 2002.

But many of these facilities are at risk as international military pull out of the country and aid organizations scale back their efforts. This as the security situation worsens across Afghanistan and the need for reliable health care facilities increases.

CCTV’s Natalie Carney looks into the health of the country’s health care system from Kabul.

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Amidst rising violence, Afghanistan medical centers fall short

Amidst rising violence, Afghanistan medical centers fall short

Health care in Afghanistan has improved since the Taliban was toppled 13 years ago. But these advancements are at risk as international military and aid organizations pull out of the country.

Health care in Afghanistan has never been so critical. As the security situation deteriorates, more and more people are in need of dedicated trauma care.

Yet state run facilities struggle to supply even rudimentary health care as insecurity and limited resources challenge the system. Meanwhile private clinics are also being closed down for providing sub-standard care.

While millions of donor dollars have been pumped in to support Afghanistan’s health care system, an investigation found much of those dollars were being spent on facilities that don’t even exist – making it increasingly more difficult to find even the most basic care.