Community Based Social Audit of Health Services in Two Districts of Afghanistan

The health system in Afghanistan has been chronically neglected during decades of war and conflict. As the country emerges from this situation, it is overwhelmed by a long list of priorities in almost every sector. Scarce health resources therefore need to be targeted for greatest impact. CIET has developed a methodology for rapidly canvassing communities on health needs and health service performance. This methodology has proven valid in a number of contexts. This grant will support a baseline social audit of health service performance in two districts in Afghanistan. The audit will include a baseline household survey, key informant interviews, institutional reviews and gender-stratified focus group discussions in a limited but representative panel of sentinel sites in each district. The idea is to demonstrate a tool for evidence-based planning and how it can be used to raise the quality of health services.

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Start Date

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

End Date

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


9 months

IDRC Officer

Naidoo, Pat

Total funding

CA$ 171,810


Afghanistan, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Noor Ansari


CIET Canada

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