World Health Organization
منظمة الصحة العالمية
Organisation mondiale de la Santé

Hospital and laboratory services


Situation Updates:

The Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) and Essential Package of Hospital Services (EPHS) have improved the delivery of basic health services, while less attention was paid to enhance the delivery of tertiary care over the last decade. There are 134 hospitals in Afghanistan, 26 of which are located in Kabul, among which 18 are mostly referral hospitals. The comprehensive assessments of national referral hospitals, conducted in 2012, demonstrated little improvement in the management of hospitals and the quantity and quality of health services. These 18 hospitals offer 2,669 beds with bed occupancy rate of 58 per cent and average length of stay of 9.1 days. The hospitals are run by 3,421 professional staff.  MoPH and WHO have identified that strengthening laboratory services is an important tool for correct diagnosis, improvement the quality of care and medical research and surveillance.



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Way Forward: