(2013; 255 pages)
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is very pleased to present the first edition of the National Standard Treatment Guidelines for Primary Level (NSTG-PL) 2013/1391. The NSTG-PL reflects the recommended state-of-the-art treatments for the priority health conditions addressed by the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS). The BPHS continues to serve as the foundation of the Afghan health system and remains the key instrument in making sure that the most important and effective health interventions are made accessible to all Afghans. Afghanistan is a country with limited resources, and the MoPH believes that by continuing to focus on a BPHS, it will be able to concentrate its resources on reducing mortality among its most vulnerable citizens, especially women of reproductive age and children under five years of age.
Providing essential medicines is a cornerstone of the BPHS, and the NSTG-PL will be a key instrument in guiding all health workers at the primary level to use the most efficient treatment for the conditions included in the guidelines, thus promoting the rational use of medicines. Where possible, the NSTG-PL refers to or uses standard treatment protocols previously developed by various MoPH programs.
This national standard treatment guidelines (STGs) manual is designed for use at the first-level (i.e., primary) facilities delivering the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS). The guidelines can also be used by general practitioners in their private practice.