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Building Health Security in Afghanistan: A New Strategy
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA PEACEKEEPING AND STABILITY OPERATIONS INSTITUTE
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The security situation in Afghanistan is complicating development of the nations civilian health infrastructure in postwar Stability and Reconstruction Operations SROs. The Department of Defense DoD is responsible for building health capacity within the Afghan National Army ANA and Police. The United States Agency for International Development USAID is the lead organization for civilian health sector development. One of the many challenges facing USAID is coordinating the different U.S. agencies engaged in development operations. Lack of security is hindering those efforts in some provinces where existing clinics cannot continue to remain open and construction projects experience severe delays. The DoD must improve coordination and synchronization with USAID to operationalize a Whole-of-Government approach to building health security in Afghanistan. This paper will propose a joint DoDUSAID strategy to improve security conditions for developing Afghanistans civilian health infrastructure in the following areas 1 DoD security role, 2 USAID mission, 3 Afghan government legitimacy, and 4 Whole-of-Government approach.
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