Building health systems in fragile states: the instructive example of Afghanistan

Building health systems in fragile states: the instructive example of AfghanistanThe Lancet Global Health In The Lancet Global Health, Nadia Akseer and colleagues1 document the fairly positive maternal and child health outcomes achieved in Afghanistan over the course of a little over a decade. The publication of the Article is timely because the global health community is grappling with the lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goal period and also with the outcomes of several Ebola-related reviews.2 A message common to many of these reviews is that, unless we find ways to build functional health systems in fragile and failed states, it will be harder to make further progress on key global goals, such as the reduction of maternal and child mortality, as well as to protect the world from new infectious disease outbreaks.

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