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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Report on Afghanistan - Medecins Sans Frontieres
The humanitarian organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has published a report on Afghanistan entitled "Between Rhetoric and Reality: The ongoing struggle to access healthcare in Afghanistan" dated February 2014. MSF is a medical humanitarian organization that operates under the principles of independence, impartiality and neutrality. MSF has been working in Afghanistan since the early 1980s. MSF left the country in 2004 and returned in 2009 as humanitarian needs had markedly increased along with the deteriorating security conditions. Some of the topics covered in the report include how increased violence has escalated humanitarian needs, the politics of aid in war, "selective storytelling" about the Afghan health system, barriers to access to healthcare (due to war and insecurity, distance, cost, and gaps). You can access the report here on the MSF website (Adobe Acrobat PDF, 56 pages, and 167 MBs big).