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Afghanistan's health-care system is 'on the brink of collapse,' WHO warns
Sep 23, 2021 | CNBC
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Afghanistan's health-care system is "on the brink of collapse" as a lack of funding left thousands of health facilities struggling to buy medical supplies and pay their staff, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

"Unless urgent action is taken, the country faces an imminent humanitarian catastrophe," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Ahmed Al-Mandhari said in a statement following a visit to Kabul, Afghanistan's capital city.

The Taliban, an ultraconservative militant group, seized power in Afghanistan last month as the U.S. withdrew its military presence in the country. Afghanistan is heavily dependent on international funding, but many donors have suspended aid to the country while the U.S. froze its Afghan financial assets.

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