The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) head John Sopko has accused USAID of providing inaccurate or incomplete data on the locations of 80 percent of the health clinics it is funding in Afghanistan.
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In a letter to USAID, Sopko noted discrepancies in the geospatial coordinates provided by the development agency last year for 420 of 641 health care facilities in the country. An additional 90 of those clinics had no accompanying geographic coordinates.
The data, provided to Sopko’s organization in May 2014, is based on geospatial coordinates compiled by the Afghan Ministry of Public Health. While the data set was limited to health clinics in Afghanistan, coordinates for six of the clinics were located in Pakistan, six were in Tajikistan and one was in the Mediterranean Sea.
In this episode of Tawde Khabare, host Zabi Sadat discusses the matter with the following guests:
Wahidullah Mayar, a spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health
Mohammad Hashim Wahaj, director of Wahaj Diagnostic Clinic and Hospital
Mujiburrahman Samkanai, member of health commission of the Wolesi Jirga
Abdul Subhan Mesbah, member of Afghanistan Lawyers Association