The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has placed improving the quality of maternal and
reproductive health care as one of its top priorities at its National health Policy 2010-
2015. The policy defines the Ministry’s commitment to increasing accessibility of Afghan
families to quality reproductive health services.
It is widely known that Afghanistan has some of the worst maternal and newborn health
indicators in the world. According to the data analysis recently done by the World Bank
and the UN agencies (The trend in Maternal Mortality between 1990 to 2008), the MMR
in Afghanistan estimates at 1400/ 100 000 live births. However, the MRR in Afghanistan
is still very high in our country. This indicates that we must continue our effort to reduce
this terrible burden. The MoPH envisions that Afghan families deserve the highest
achievable standards of reproductive health within the country’s context.
National Reproductive Health policy and strategy (2011 – 2015) outlines how the Ministry
aims at achieving the rights for the families of Afghanistan.
The slow progress in achieving MDG 5—to improve maternal health—illustrates the
need for increased Political commitment and greater investments in health systems, in
particular reproductive health services and supplies. A health system that delivers for
mothers will deliver for the whole community. We must do everything we can to reverse
the needless deaths of women from complications during pregnancy and child birth,
especially during times of crisis and conflict.
Reproductive Health strategy also prioritizes four key areas (Maternal and Neonatal
Health, Family Planning & Birth Spacing, STI, and Breast and Cervical Cancers plus 9
subcomponents ( Infertility, Obstetric Fistula, RH in Emergencies, Gender, Nutrition,
IEC, Quality Assurance, and RH Research). Guided by this policy and strategy,
Reproductive Health Directorate of MoPH developed a plan of action since 2006 and
started monitoring the progress with the technical and financial support of RH partners.
This is the 3 rd annual report prepared by the Reproductive Health Directorate to share
I would like to appreciate the Reproductive Health Directorate and its key partner JICA
for preparation of this technical report.