Vision for Health 2016 - 2020


All citizens reach their full potential in health contributing to peace, stability and sustainable development in Afghanistan


The Mission of the Ministry of Public Health of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is to prevent ill health and achieve significant reductions in mortality in line with national targets and sustainable development goals and to reduce impoverishment due to catastrophic health expenditure. Also to be responsive to the rights of all citizens through improving access and utilization of quality, equitable, affordable health and nutrition services among all communities especially mothers and children in rural areas Andthrough changing attitudes and practices, promoting healthy life-styles and effectively implementing other public health interventions. All in coordination and collaboration with other stakeholders within the framework of strong leadership, sustained political will and commitment, good governance, and effective and efficient management; in its continuous pursuit to become a ministerial ‘institution of excellence’.


Note: Refer to definitions in the “glossary of key terms” section of this report for a “ fuller” understanding of some of the core values.

Values are the standards or principles that guide an organization and describe what it stands for. They assist in setting priorities, planning interventions and evaluating processes and outcomes. The core values of the Ministry of Public Health are:

  • Right to Health – We consider health as a right of each individual and are committed to creating conditions that support health and wellbeing without discrimination of any kind.
  • Partnership and Collaboration – We believe in the meaningful engagement of a wide range of stakeholders both within the health sector and with other sectors and recognize that taking action on health issues often requires working effectively across sectors in addition to the health sector. We see our role as facilitators of multilevel, interdisciplinary and intersectoral cooperation and collaboration.
  • Community Participation and Involvement – We believe that community involvement is important to better understand the health needs of communities, to develop appropriate health programs and services, and to take effective action on issues that affect health and well being.
  • Evidence-based decision-making – We believe that when developing our public health programs and policies it is important to use the best available evidence.
  • Results-oriented culture – We value the performance of our employees and identify, promote and support positive results in the workplace, as well as in our work with clients and communities. We believe in promoting an environment that clearly identifies expectations and performance indicators and monitors and evaluates these over time in the spirit of continuous quality improvement.
  • Quality – We believe that quality in health programs and services means responding to client needs and developing and providing health programs and services that are appropriate, affordable, available and timely, safe and consistent, effective and efficient and continuously improving.
  • Transparency - We believe in providing access to information about our budgets and make information freely available about how we make decisions. For certain processes we identify and follow specific published criteria (e.g. when selecting contractors through an RFP process)
  • Sustainability – We believe in creating and supporting a health system that can, in time, be supported by Afghanistan, both technically and financially.
  • Dignity and Respect – We value everyone’s worth and believe in treating everyone with dignity and respect regardless of gender, age, race, religion, ethnicity and socioeconomic and political status.
  •  Equity – We believe in fairness and giving all Afghans the opportunity to develop and maintain their health through just and fair access to resources for health.


Strategic Directions are areas of emphasis that are contained within an organization’s mission and enable it to move toward its vision.  The following ten Strategic Directions were identified and reached consensus on at a national multi-stakeholder workshop held in Kabul on December 7 and 8, 2010. Their order in no way reflects their importance.

  • Improve the nutritional status of the Afghan population
  • Strengthen human resource management and development
  • Increase equitable access to quality health services
  • Strengthen the stewardship role of MoPH and governance in the health sector
  • Improve health financing
  • Enhance evidence-based decision making by establishing a culture that uses data for improvement
  • Support regulation and standardization of the private sector to provide quality health services
  • Support health promotion and community empowerment
  • Advocate for and promote healthy environments
  • Create an enabling environment for the production and availability of quality pharmaceuticals.

This section will provide a brief description of each strategic direction including what it encompasses, the current situation related to it and why it is important, followed by Strategic Objectives and Priority Interventions for the next five years that were identified by relevant MoPH personnel and other key stakeholders through a highly participatory process. The strategic planning process will be followed within the next few months by an operational planning process where the priority interventions and activities will be further “fleshed out” and indicators and desired results identified to enable the monitoring and measuring of performance over time.