The protracted conflict in Afghanistan has continued to take its toll on the healthcare infrastructure of the country. The challenges are many: damaged infrastructure, a lack of trained healthcare providers and under-resourced healthcare facilities. Pervasive poverty, frequent natural disasters, mass population movements and a lack of security further complicate the situation. 2018 saw an increase in the number of direct and targeted attacks against healthcare providers and health facilities. However, the government of Afghanistan is committed to providing health services to every Afghan citizen and more than quarters of the population now has access to primary healthcare services (compared to less than 10% in 2001). Despite these improvements, so much remains to be overcome for the population to receive adequate healthcare.
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