World Bank South Asia Reports Health Care and Reconstruction Progress

July 23 (World Bank South Asia):

When the Taliban fell in 2001, health indicators were some of the worst in the world. Today, despite persisting difficulties, health outcomes are vastly improved with household surveys indicating a 26% decline in under-five mortality. This translates into more than 80,000 lives being saved every year. Read more about how partnering with NGOs have led to a rapid expansion of primary health care services in Afghanistan by clicking on the link below.

http://go.worldbank.org/XSKZYO0ZT0

Progress is also being made in rural regions. One example lies in the National Solidarity Program (NSP), a community-led reconstruction and rural infrastructure initiative, which has reached all the country's 34 provinces, touching the lives of 18 million villagers. To read more about how NSP is empowering communities, improving community relations, and increasing public faith in government, click on the link below.

http://go.worldbank.org/JVXVZ51380

Video footage of the NSP can be watched at the link below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0KoZA1cvdw