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Literature review: Afghanistan women's health crisis, health service delivery, and ethical issues for international aid.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16893809     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The literature indicates that the health of women in Afghanistan is poor. In 1997 maternal mortality in Afghanistan was one of the worst in the world. Difficulties in establishing health services revolve around fundamentalist Islamic ideas and ongoing violence within Afghanistan. The literature holds advice on key behaviours for health professionals who may chose to work in Afghanistan. The literature also identifies the local level action that is occurring as the issue of women's health is recognised. Humanitarian assistance has been provided, with international aid agencies having to weigh the ethical responsibilities they hold and one agency tragically facing the violent loss of its own staff. Easy answers are not in the literature, merely an opportunity to understand, consider, and take action about what is facing women in Afghanistan and those who try to help.
Helen Turner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health care for women international     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0739-9332     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Care Women Int     Publication Date:  2006 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-08-08     Completed Date:  2006-11-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8411543     Medline TA:  Health Care Women Int     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  748-59     Citation Subset:  N    
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MeSH Terms
Cultural Characteristics*
Health Services Accessibility / organization & administration
International Agencies / ethics*,  organization & administration
Relief Work / ethics*,  organization & administration
Social Change
Social Control, Informal*
Women's Health / ethics,  ethnology*
Women's Health Services / organization & administration
Women's Rights / ethics*

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