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November 05, 2007

US Attacks Afghanistan…Women And Children Helped Most?

And here I thought all we were doing in Afghanistan was killing women and children at weddings. Who knew?

Six years after the Taliban's ouster, medical care in Afghanistan has improved such that nearly 90,000 children who would have died before age 5 in 2001 will survive this year, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Sunday.

Saddled for years with one of the world's worst records on child health, Afghanistan has seen access to health care rise dramatically since the U.S.-led invasion.

Thousands of health clinics have been built across the country, and the Afghan government and aid agencies have trained tens of thousands of doctors, vaccinators and health volunteers who now reach into some of the country's most remote areas.

Access to health care for Afghans has jumped from 8 percent of the population in the 1990s to close to 85 percent today, thanks in large part to efforts by USAID, the World Bank and the European Commission.

Keep this sort of thing in mind when you hear so much about how we are loosing in Afghanistan. Yeah, there’s poverty and violence. In other words, six years of American led efforts haven’t reversed centuries of tribal traditions and problems. And yet in that short amount of time, things like this have happened. Pretty amazing if you ask me.


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