Afghanistan’s health infrastructure nears complete collapse

At least 2,200 health facilities, hospitals and clinics could be closed within days across Afghanistan, as the nation’s health infrastructure nears full collapse following the Taliban’s return to rule in the country. Hospitals are lacking supplies while aid has been waning in the recent weeks, with little opportunity for more to enter the country.

What is at risk if Afghanistan’s health system completely collapses, and will the Taliban be able to address this crisis amid other issues impacting the country?

Dr. Richard Brennan, Regional Emergency Director for the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, explains what the situation is like on the ground in Afghanistan, what progress has been made and what needs to be done.

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