Devex Interviews Afghanistan’s Public Health Minister

“The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction [SIGAR] is not sure the country’s ministries are ready to receive direct U.S. government funding,” Devex reports. “But Dr. Suraya Dalil, Afghanistan’s public health minister, says SIGAR should recognize their progress and be more open to the idea, after the watchdog released a report claiming alleged ‘risk of waste, fraud, and abuse’ of funds for its public health programs in the country,” the news service writes. Devex provides “some highlights from [a] conversation with the Afghan health minister.” According to the transcript, Dalil talks about improvements made in the health sector, examines the “readiness of Afghan ministries to receive U.S. government funding,” and discusses security issues in the country (Igoe, 10/31).