"A Conversation with Paul Spiegel on the Afghan Healthcare System." CSIS Commission on Strengthening America's Health Security, Center for Strategic and International Studies, December 20, 2021. Accessed December 21, 2023.

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Please join the CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security on Monday, December 20, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET, for an important virtual event featuring Paul Spiegel, Professor and Director of the Center for Humanitarian Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Leonard Rubenstein, Professor and Director of the Program on Human Rights and Health in Conflict at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. J. Stephen Morrison, CSIS Senior Vice President and Global Health Policy Center Director, will host and moderate a discussion on the state of the healthcare system in Afghanistan. Paul Spiegel joins us after returning from a five-week stint as Acting Incident Manager at the World Health Organization operational center in Kabul.

The Afghan healthcare system is buckling under a slew of political, economic, and humanitarian crises. Six simultaneous disease outbreaks—cholera, measles, polio, malaria, dengue fever, and Covid-19—threaten the population as basic medical supplies dwindle and healthcare workers’ salaries stall. As the winter approaches, it is critical to recognize the situation on the ground; assess the political, human, and technical limitations faced by the humanitarian and health sectors; and consider the evolving choices to sustain health programs and capacities.

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.