Lessons from the development process of the Afghanistan integrated package of essential health services

Sayed Ataullah Saeedzai, Karl Blanchet, Ala Alwan, Najibullah Safi, Ahmad Salehi, Neha S. Singh, Gerard Joseph Abou Jaoude, Shafiq Mirzazada, Wahid Majrooh, Ahmad Jan Naeem, Jolene Skordis-Worral, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Hassan Haghparast-Bidgoli, Fahrad Farewar, Isabelle Lange, William Newbrander, Ritsuko Kakuma, Teri Reynolds, Ferozuddin Feroz

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In 2017, in the middle of the armed conflict with the Taliban, the Ministry of Public Health decided that the Afghan health system needed a well-defined priority package of health services taking into account the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases and injuries and benefiting from the latest evidence published by DCP3. This leads to a 2-year process involving data analysis, modelling and national consultations, which produce this Integrated Package of Essential health Services (IPEHS). The IPEHS was finalised just before the takeover by the Taliban and could not be implemented. The Afghanistan experience has highlighted the need to address not only the content of a more comprehensive benefit package, but also its implementation and financing. The IPEHS could be used as a basis to help professionals and the new authorities to define their priorities.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere012508
JournalBMJ Global Health
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sept 2023
Externally publishedYes


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