As a knowledge driven Dutch aid-organization, HealthNet TPO works on the sustainable (re)construction and rehabilitation of health care in areas disrupted by war or disaster. Also in Afghanistan we work with ‘evidence-based’ interventions on accessible health care. After all, reconstruction starts with health.
HealthNet TPO is one of the largest health NGOs in Afghanistan and has been working in a developmental mode in Afghanistan since 1993. We work closely with other NGOs, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and local communities, in implementing evidence-based projects that will contribute to the long-term development of strategies and policies at the national level. We work particularly in the area of supporting primary health care, providing mental health care and combating diseases. In the past years security is a recurrent topic. For HealthNet TPO key to success is local population support: local communities are direct partners in (re)building health systems. Afghanistan also is the biggest project country for HealthNet TPO with over eight offices and various warehouses spread among the country.
Area: 652.090 km²
Population: 29,121,286 (2009 estimation)
Neighbouring states: Pakistan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tadzhikistan, China
Government: Islamic Republic
Religion: Sunni Muslim 80%, Shia Muslim 19%, other 1%
Following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, the U.S., its allies and the Northern Alliance toppled the Taliban for sheltering Osama Bin Laden. The UN-sponsored Bonn Conference in 2001 established a process for political reconstruction that included the adoption of a new constitution, a presidential election in 2004, and National Assembly elections in 2005. In December 2004, Hamid Karzai became the first democratically elected president of Afghanistan and the National Assembly was inaugurated the following December. Karzai was re-elected in November 2009 for a second term. Despite gains toward building a stable central government, a resurgent Taliban and continuing provincial instability - particularly in the south and the east - remain serious challenges for the Afghan Government. On top of the growing number of civil deaths, the Afghans face numerous challenges, including water and food shortages, diminishing economic prospects and insufficient access to affordable health care.