17 Apr 2007

PR# 2007-315

Afghans Start to Reap the Health Benefits of Increased Security

SANGIN, Afghanistan – International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops treated more than 580 Afghans for a variety of ailments through a series of medical camps here during the past week. 

Work is also starting in Helmand province on a variety of projects to improve education, health and development and provide employment opportunities for the local population. 

“Two hospitals and health centers in Helmand have already benefited from a range of repair work, including the installation of new generators,” said Lt. Col. Charlie Mayo, ISAF’s Task Force Helmand spokesperson.  This work mirrors the situation across Regional Command South.  Increased stability has allowed the international community to work alongside the Afghan government to increase local health care by building more than 20 new hospitals and clinics and refurbish existing facilities.

Following the ousting of the Taliban regime in 2001, Afghanistan had some of the worst health indicators in the world.  Last week, the World Bank published a report titled “Millions Gain Access to Healthcare in Rural Afghanistan.”  This report estimates that almost 6 million rural Afghans now have access to primary health care, many for the first time.

“This World Bank Report provides interesting facts regarding how far the government of Afghanistan, ISAF and the international community have come and the impact of this collaborative approach is having in Afghanistan,” said Lt. Col. Stephane Grenier, RCS spokesperson. “Our goal is to continue to defeat Taliban extremists in the region who oppose such progress and allow the democratically elected government to develop Afghanistan.”

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