Health Policy Project Afghanistan

Interactive Program Overview

Afghanistan's health system has made significant progress over the last decade—reconstructing its health infrastructure and increasing access to health services. However, major challenges remain, and the country's health statistics are still among the poorest in the world. In this context, the USAID-funded Health Policy Project (HPP) has strengthened the Ministry of Public Health's (MoPH) capacity to navigate these challenges and catalyze progress.

Afghanistan has laid the foundation for expanding access to basic public care services, including through the Basic Package of Health Services and the Essential Package of Hospital Services. However, given that the private sector continues to play a large role in the health system, the country has also laid the groundwork for increased public-private sector coordination. The Health Economics and Finance Directorate and Directorate of Private Sector Coordination, which encompasses the recently established Public-Private Partnership Unit, now work to foster a country-owned, resilient health system through (1) more sustainable health financing, (2) an improved policy environment for private sector engagement, and (3) better government stewardship. Additionally, in further support of increasing access to equitable services, the MoPH became the first ministry in the country to institute a Gender Directorate and gender policy and is now integrating gender into its budgeting and monitoring to promote accountability for increasing women's access to health services.

Policy development and transformation take time, but HPP has established a solid base to build capacity, sustainability, and transparency throughout the health system. The project implemented a multi-dimensional and systems-thinking approach, working comprehensively to enhance legislation and policies, health systems, and local stakeholders' abilities to lead in these areas. Capacity development at all levels (individual, organizational, and system) was at the forefront of HPP's efforts to build structures and systems for improved health service provision.

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Building Capacity At All Levels

HPP collaborated with local partners to build essential components of the national health system and increase the capacity of individuals, organizations, and systems through online and classroom training, degree programs, on-the-job coaching, and resource sharing.

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Fostering an Enabling Policy Environment

HPP instituted dialogue platforms and supportive legislation and policies; helped private health sector organizations to function better, self-regulate, and advocate; and devised ways to make information more accessible and transparent.

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Building Health Financing Capabilities

Public services cover 60 percent of the country but are fully supported by donors. HPP supported the MoPH to address the need for increased efficiency and to promote revenue-generating approaches such as tax policies, private investment, and health insurance.

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Improving Governance & Stewardship

HPP facilitated improved governance related to planning, managing, and delivering health resources at various levels within the health sector. The project's initiatives aimed to maximize effectiveness of the MoPH and its overall health sector stewardship.

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Data for Decision Making

HPP designed data-driven tools to improve planning, quality, and accountability related to private facility health information, gender sensitivity of health services, private sector quality standards, and expenditure tracking.

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HPP Journey & Milestones

Over the last three years, HPP contributed significantly to building Afghanistan's health system and laying the foundation for its "transformation decade" in the coming years. We have highlighted HPP's major milestones in our project timeline.

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