WHO launches support training programme in Afghanistan

KABUL – The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that it has resumed its first capacity-building training programme in Kabul since the fall of the capital in August, in order to strengthen and improve the provision of health services in the war-torn country.

"We are trying to maintain the services that were already in place, and secondly, to improve the quality of those programs...we are currently in an emergency situation, because in an emergency, we can continue to provide the bare minimum of services," the program's director, Ahmad Wali Rasekh said.

The WHO says the event would last three days and will bring together health officials from 34 provinces to promote good governance, transparency, and cooperation among the various health organisations. Donors have found it impossible to deliver funding through the new regime since the Taliban took over Afghanistan in August 2021, and major funding has been withdrawn. These vital primary health care services, which were previously sponsored by the World Bank, the European Commission, and USAID, are now facing major challenges.

Afghans have also been hit by a recent drought, which has harmed crops and animals. According to the WHO, this, along with rising food prices and the breakdown of public services, has resulted in acute food insecurity for approximately 19 million people.

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