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National Health Strategy 2016‒2020

Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; Ministry of Public Health Country Resources General Health Strategies and Plans Afghanistan 1 September 2016 Policy document health promotion, human development, public health

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The goal of the National Health Strategy 2016‒2020 is to attain strengthened, expanded, efficient, and sustained performance by the health system. This is intended to ensure enhanced and equitable access to quality health services in an affordable manner, resulting in the improved health and nutrition status of all populations, especially women, children, and vulnerable groups.
Following the strong commitment by the National Unity Government to gaining a high level of self-sufficiency over the course of the next decade, the MoPH will strongly emphasize gradual attainment of financial sustainability. In doing so, it will focus on two overarching issues:

1. Enhancement, expansion, and improvement through gains in efficiency
2. Resource generation/financing and effective mobilization

The strategy has 6 strategic areas:
1. Governance
Enhanced, strengthened, and accountable health sector governance decisively instituted, with strong and visible leadership and evidence-based advocacy at all levels.
2. Institutional development
Strengthened, expanded, and sustainable health system with well-functioning institutions.
3. Public health
Reduced preventable death, illness, and disability through provision of cost-effective, high-impact, evidence-based public health interventions.
4. Health services
Improved and expanded quality health services provided in an equitable and sustainable manner across all geographic areas and population groups through more effective and efficient use of existing resources, thus achieving better value for money.
5. Human resources for health
Competent and motivated health workforce effectively developed, deployed, and retained in line with current and future requirements in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
6. M&E, health information, learning, and knowledge/evidence-based practices
Strengthened monitoring, evaluation, surveillance, health information, and an improved culture of learning and knowledge management, resulting in increased evidence-based decision making and practices at all levels of the health system.


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