The Ministry of Public Health of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan places reducing maternal and neonatal deaths and improving the quality of reproductive health among its top priorities. Afghan families deserve the highest possible standards of reproductive health. With this Strategy, the Ministry demonstrates its continued commitment to achieving its goal of making quality reproductive health services available to all families in Afghanistan.
The Reproductive Health Strategy 2012–2016 was prepared by the Reproductive Health Task Force in close collaboration with the Reproductive Health Directorate of the Ministry of Public Health. The work was a collaborative effort, with 12 working groups deliberating on a regular basis over a period of more than three months to identify key elements of the Strategy. These working groups covered the areas of Maternal and Neonatal Health, Birth Spacing/Family Planning, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Infertility, Obstetric Fistula, Breast and Cervical Cancer, RH in Emergencies, Gender, Nutrition, Information Education Communication/Behaviour Change Communication, RH Research, and RH and the Private Sector. In addition, workshops were held in January, June and December 2010.
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