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Waxman Calls for Investigation into Conditions at Kabul Maternity Hospital

December 10, 2007

What happened when the U.S. got involved in the Rabia Balkhi maternity hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, ostensibly to improve maternity care and the infant death rate? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has been trying to find out, and, following up on their reporting, Rep. Henry Waxman is demanding to know more. According to the AJC’s reporting, visitors in 2003 found feces on the walls and placentas piling up in sinks just a month after former HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson stated that “Today is a new day in Afghanistan, where we now have a new hospital for women to receive top-notch health care.”

This is the same hospital profiled in the documentary Motherland Afghanistan, which I previously reviewed.

Head on over to Our Bodies Our Blog for more details, including links to much of the AJC’s coverage and documentation, as well as Waxman’s letter to HHS.

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