No Safe Zone for Afghanistan

Resurgent violence in Afghanistan is mounting pressure on, and violence against health workers. Fighting has shuttered some clinics entirely, and attacks on health care have more than doubled so far this year—the UN reported 100 incidents through September. The violence threatens health care access for hundreds of thousands—such as the 70,000 children left out of a polio vaccine campaign last July.  
 
In relatively-stable Kandahar, a state-of-the-art MSF clinic treating multi drug-resistant TB is at constant risk. Afghanistan sees about 60,000 ordinary and 2,000 multi drug-resistant TB cases annually—and the WHO estimated just 138 people with the drug-resistant strain received treatment last year.
 
IRIN

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