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Table of Contents: July 2011

In the July issue of PLoS Medicine, Anbrasi Edward and colleagues report on the performance of Afghanistan’s health care services between 2004 and 2008, demonstrating dramatic improvements in many areas, including health service capacity and delivery of care. In a linked editorial, the PLoS Medicine Editors discuss the impact armed conflict can have on a country’s health care systems, and announce their support of the International Health Protection Initiative's resolution to reinforce the Geneva Conventions by calling on states to comply with international humanitarian law and to prosecute perpetrators of attacks on health care facilities, equipment, and personnel. They conclude that “The development of fragile states is complex: security must be provided and maintained, unemployment addressed, and education fostered. The adequate and equitable provision of quality health care is also, however, a fundamental need. This need will be met only if health systems and structures are preserved and developed, and if health care personnel have the freedom and safety to provide necessary care to those who need it.”

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