Global Leaders Celebrate Afghanistan for New Initiative in Reproductive Health

5/20/2014
The Aspen Institute

GLOBAL LEADERS CELEBRATE AFGHANISTAN FOR NEW INITIATIVES IN REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

Nation Earns Special Mention in International Award Ceremony

Geneva, May 20, 2014 — Today the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health (GLC) honors the government of Afghanistan with a Resolve Award Special Mention for their leadership in expanding access to essential reproductive health services. The Honorable Dr. Suraya Dalil, Minister of Public Health of Afghanistan, will accept the award at a ceremony celebrating the Resolve Award recipients during the 67th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Special Mention recognizes Afghanistan's efforts to prioritize reproductive, maternal and child health. The Ministry of Public Health has worked to engage other Ministries, Parliamentarians, community and religious leaders to increase their attention to women's reproductive health needs.

Health facilities with few resources and few trained female medical staff contribute to high maternal mortality rates. The Ministry of Public Health is devoting financial and technical resources to improve delivery and quality of reproductive health services. The Ministry has also outlined a new Reproductive Health Strategy and Policy, which has been approved for implementation.

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