Afghan humanitarian crisis: Hospitals face shortages of staff, medicine and funding
17 February 2022 | 11:12 am
Six months after the Taliban took over Afghanistan, the health system is collapsing. Amid the deteriorating humanitarian situation, a raging measles outbreak has already killed more than 150 people and infected tens of thousands more in January alone. Measles is not the only sanitary threat facing young children in the country.
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