Mahboob hold his prayer beads

10 May 2012, Tajikhan Village, Jabalseraj District Parwan Province, Afghanistan : Head of the local Community Development Council for Tajikhan village, Mahboob Shah (82) plays with his prayer beads at the Sar-e-Hause medical health clinic. The clinic is funded by the Strengthening Health Activities for Rural Poor Project (SHARP). SHARP aims to improve the health and nutrition status of Afghans, focusing especially on women and children and the underserved areas of the country. Already remarkable progress has been made in the reduction of infant and under five mortality as well as pregnancy related mortality. With World Bank support in 11 provinces the number of health clinics has nearly tripled from 148 to 432 and about 85% of the population now lives in districts which now have service providers to deliver a basic package of health service. The project supports Afghanistan's Health and Nutrition Sector Strategy which is the governments blueprint for the health sector program for the period 2008-13. Photo: Graham Crouch / World Bank

 

Photo ID: 100512_Parwan Health Clinic_SHARP_008

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Taken on May 10, 2012