Managing infectious disease risk in a low-resources environment, and where security is constantly a risk, has been the challenge of my medical career in Kabul. Join me to discuss how resources, accountability, and management are involved in making Afghanistan’s health system work better to save more lives. From diagnostic testing to treatment protocol, from everyday hospital hygiene to more complex surgeries, we are making slow but certain progress. I’m confident that Afghanistan can do better.
As a lecturer at Rabia Balkhi University, I have watched and participated in the development of Kabul’s hospital system. My work takes me every day to the front lines with communicable viruses, bacterial infection and the simple problem of hand-washing.
Break down every problem into its smallest parts, and you begin to realize that you really can make a difference, and you really will see improvement. The first challenge is to see problems accurately and honestly. And the next challenge is to get more people thinking this way.