This time around, the Taliban, who swept aside the US-supported government in a week of tragedy and “imbecility” (to quote Tony Blair), seem to be more sophisticated and more genial. Time will tell.
They have a big job on their hands. Over the past 20 years maternal and infant mortality fell dramatically. Public health improved, thanks to better sanitation and water supplies. A robust private health care system emerged. Will they be able to maintain the momentum for Afghanistan’s 40 million people? I hope so.
You inherited an improving health system. Can you keep it up?
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