Ministry of Public Health (Afghanistan)
|Jurisdiction||Government of Afghanistan|
|Headquarters||Masoud Intersection, Airport Road Kabul, Afghanistan|
|Minister responsible||Minister Dr. Suraya Dalil|
Afghan Ministry of Public Health is the ministry of the government of Afghanistan which deals with matters concerning the health of Afghanistan's population. This body has large funds at its disposal to train, educate and cure. As of 2014[update] the minister of Health is Dr. Suraya Dalil. The Ministry of Public Health provides an annual report to inform the public of advancements in Afghanistan's health sector.
Following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan the Ministry of Health, along with the World Health Organisation reconstructed the health sector. At the time, at least 70% of the Afghan population was dependent on health services provided by the international community. Almost six million Afghans had no or very little access to medical care. In addition, 50 of the country's 330 districts had no health facilities whatsoever.
The goal of the ministry is to develop the health sector to improve the health of the people of Afghanistan, especially women and children, through implementing the basic package of health services (BPHS) and the essential package of hospital services (EPHS) as the standard, agreed-upon minimum of health care to be provided at each level of the health system. It wants to reduce the high levels of mortality and morbidity by:
- 1) Improving access to quality emergency and routine reproductive and child health services,
- 2) Increasing the coverage and quality of services to prevent and treat communicable diseases and malnutrition among children and adults
- 3) Strengthening institutional development and management at central and provincial levels to ensure the effective and cost-efficient delivery of quality health services and
- 4) Further developing the capacity of health personnel to manage and better deliver quality health services.
|Sayed Mohammad Amin Fatimi||2004-2010||Was in 2010 renamed as minister of Health, but he did not receive approval from the Afghan Parliament|
|Suraya Dalil||2010-2012||Did not receive approval from the Afghan Parliament and was subsequently appointed as acting minister|
|Suraya Dalil||2012–Present||Received formal approval from the Afghan House of the People and became the official confirmed minister|
- "Minister's Biography". Ministry of Public Health Afghanistan. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
- "Dalil, Soraya". Afghan Biographies Database. 2014-10-01. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
- US Embassy website
- "Vision for Health 2005-2015". Ministry of Health. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
- Ministry of Public Health Afghanistan (MoPH)
- Afghanistan Online's Health Section
- Danish Karokhel, Ezatullah Zawab (June 13, 2003). "Tough Cure for Mental Problems: People with psychological problems are chained up at a holy shrine, hoping traditional methods will cure them". Institute for War and Peace Reporting. Archived from the original on 2010-11-17. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
The numbers of mentally ill people in Afghanistan have increased over the years of war, famine, and unemployment. At the hospital in Jalalabad, mentally ill patients are housed three or four to a room meant for a single person, while others are chained outside the rooms. Most receive little attention.
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