Minister Dalil discusses Afghanistan's progress in the public health sector

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Minister Dalil completes her interview with VOA's AshnaTV which can be seen here.

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A Global Health reporter for NPR interviews Minister Dalil about public health initiatives in Afghanistan and the enormous gains being made.

Photo: Minister Dalil interview with VOA
Photo: Minister Dalil interview with NPR

Washington, D.C. (May 16, 2012) – Her Excellency Dr. Suraya Dalil, Minister of Public Health of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, arrived on Monday for a five-day visit in Washington, D.C. During her visit, she attended a number of events and met with U.S. Senators Robert Casey of Pennsylvania and Dianne Feinstein of California as well as some organizations and high-level officials to discuss the enormous gains that have been made in recent years in the areas of access to quality healthcare services, maternal health, polio eradication, and child mortality rates.

H.E. Minister Dalil attended the board meeting of the GAVI Alliance, a global partnership dedicated to providing children with access to immunizations in impoverished regions. There, she discussed her plans to increase the availability of vaccinations in the years to come, citing plans to introduce measles and pneumonia vaccines to the country as early as next year.

Minister Dalil also attended the "Child Survival: Call to Action” Conference on June 14 and 15 that featured dignitaries from around the world and a keynote speech from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

She also met with the Afghan Doctors Association, and attended a summit at Georgetown University concerning the global struggle to reduce infant mortality rates in the developing world. During these events, the Minister stressed the invaluable role that foreign aid has played in shaping Afghanistan’s growing healthcare infrastructure. She also discussed the country’s ambition to establish a sustainable healthcare system to maintain this high rate of development, even as the country transitions away from the need for foreign economic support during the Transformation Decade.

Additionally, the Minister’s schedule included media interviews with VOA’s Ashna TV and NPR where she proudly emphasized not only Afghanistan’s declining infant mortality rate, but also the plummeting rates of maternal fatalities thanks to better healthcare accessibility for Afghan mothers.

As Afghanistan’s current Minister of Public Health, she is proud to raise awareness of Afghanistan’s improving healthcare situation, but stresses that continued foreign aid will be necessary before the country can develop a truly effective and sustainable system.