In the past few years, Afghanistan has seen a significant reduction in maternal and child mortality. To achieve this, the government took measures such as the development of better healthcare infrastructure in rural areas, and better education and training for healthcare workers.
According to Suraya Dalil, Minister of Public Health, this required a major economic and planning effort from the government, which soon started to bear fruit.
Ten years ago, in Afghanistan a woman would die of childbirth every 27 minutes, whereas today one dies every two hours, Dalil says. Although there is room for significant improvement, she believes that the country is already “A better place for women and for children under the age of five”.