Princeton Research Finds Afghanistan’s Health Workforce Adaptable in Face of Crisis

Feb. 22, 2024

A study by Mustafa Basij Rasikh, a researcher at Princeton University's Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW), and Alyssa Sharkey, a lecturer at Princeton's School of Public and International Affairs and a CHW affiliate, reveals the effects of the Taliban takeover on health care delivery and management in Afghanistan. Their paper, published in BMJ Global Health, highlights factors that facilitated and hindered the continuity of services in the immediate aftermath of the transition that occurred in August of 2021.

Overall, the researchers found Afghanistan’s health workforce to be a compelling case of adaptability in the face of crisis and offer insights into the delivery of care in fragile, conflict-affected, and vulnerable settings.