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Type Journal Article - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Title Addressing maternal and child health in post-conflict Afghanistan: the way forward.
Author(s)
Volume 19
Issue 9
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
URL http://applications.emro.who.int/emhj/v19/09/EMHJ_2013_19_9_826_831.pdf
Abstract
Afghanistan’s maternal and child mortality rates are among the highest in the world. The country faces challenges to meet the Millennium Development Goals set for 2015 which can be attributed to multiple causes related to accessibility, affordability and availability of health-care services. This report addresses the challenges in strengthening maternal and child health care in Afghanistan, as well discussing the areas to be prioritized. In order to ensure sound maternal and child health care in Afghanistan, policy-makers must prioritize monitoring and surveillance systems, integrating maternal and child health care with rights-based family planning methods, building human resources, offering incentives (such as the provision of a conditional cash transfer to women) and promoting action-oriented, community-based interventions. On a wider scale, the focus must be to improve the health infrastructure, organizing international collaboration and expanding sources of funding.

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Singh, PK, RK Rai, and M Alagarajan. "Addressing maternal and child health in post-conflict Afghanistan: the way forward.." Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal 19, no. 9 (2013).
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