The doctor in front of us has had multiple Taliban death threats – he hasn’t been paid for months and yet he’s still working at one of the government hospitals in Kabul. Many of his staff are too – for free.
About 20% of the staff have left, unable to carry on working and feeding their families without a salary.
But the others – including female health workers – are working for no pay as medicines gradually run out and equipment and drug supplies dwindle. Unless there are huge changes, this is simply unsustainable.
“Every morning when I come into hospital, I think maybe today the hospital will collapse,” a doctor, who wants to remain anonymous, said.
It’s as simple as that. Afghanistan is running on empty.