On May 2, 2018 National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy (NAC-PP) representatives met with representatives of the Ministry of Public Health in Kabul to discuss progress on addressing issues shared during the advocacy event held on February 20, 2018.
The meeting was organized by Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO) as the secretariat of NAP-CC, and attended by the following National Advocacy Committee members: Shuhada organization, Support for Vulnerable People Organization (SVPO), Afghanistan Cultural Association Joint Jerga (ACAJJ), Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan (HAWCA), Equality for Peace and Democracy(EPD), Mehr Advocacy and Human Rights Organization(MAHO), Afghan Amputee Bicyclists for Rehabilitation and Recreation (AABRAR), Nawed Naw Organization and War Child Canada.
On February 20, NAC-PP, and the Provincial Advocacies Committee (PACs) Provincial Councils, Directorates of Public Health and Education from Balkh, Takhar, Daikundi, Herat, had discussed the following issues with the Ministry of Public Health:
- Shortage of specialized hospitals and services
- Insufficient maternal care services
- Shortage of female doctors
- Import of low-quality medicine and shortage of medicine in public hospitals
- Lack of addiction treatment centers
On May 2, the Director of the Department of Planning and Legislation of the Ministry of Public Health updated NAC-PP members on progress and initiatives taken to address the above issues.
A full report of the event and its proceedings is available here.