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SIGAR Raises Concerns Over USAID-Funded Health Clinics In Afghanistan

United Press International: U.S. has wrong coordinates for several Afghanistan medical facilities, inspector says
“…The special inspector general responsible for the oversight of rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan has determined that geographic coordinates given by U.S. officials for a handful of medical facilities there are inaccurate — in some cases by miles. The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction [SIGAR] said six of the 32 Kabul area facilities funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Afghanistan are more than six miles away from where the agency says they are…” (Ware, 1/11).

VICE News: The U.S. Spent Millions on Afghanistan Clinics — but Many Are Falling Apart and Hard to Find
“… ‘GPS coordinates are not the first line in monitoring a health facility,’ said Larry Sampler, an assistant in USAID’s Afghanistan and Pakistan affairs department, in a public statement. … Tamra Halmrast-Sanchez, the acting mission director of USAID in Afghanistan, said she ‘welcomed the feedback,’ and that the maintenance concerns will be brought to the Afghan Ministry of Health and the World Bank…” (Asher-Schapiro, 1/11).

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