Season's Greetings AAHC supporter,
Thanks to your continued support of the AMOR/Aschiana Health Clinic for Street Children 2014 has been a very successful year for a variety of reasons.
Building trust within the community is an essential component to the success of any project, and AAHC is no exception. This year the two female Family Practise physicians that work at the clinic daily have been visiting both the Inter-displacement camps and apartment complexes surrounding the clinic and talking to mothers and fathers about the variety of services available.
Some patients come for the free vaccines or the high quality medication available in the pharmacy. Others visit to take advantage of the antenatal care services and ultrasound. The full service lab that is now operating at the clinic provides blood testing services that broadens the diagnostic capabilities of the clinic and enhances the quality of care that is provided.
I am very pleased with the progress the clinic has made in 2014. I am looking forward to 2015 and the new challenges and opportunities it will bring. We are looking forward to continuing to provide basic healthcare services and education to this community. Thank you again for your support of AMOR's projects in Afghanistan and helping us to have a positive impact in hundreds of children's lives.
Best wishes for a blessed and prosperous New Year!
Dear AMOR Afghan Health Clinic supporter,
Winter is fast approaching Kabul which sits at 6,000 feet in a valley surrounded by picturesque mountains that are covered in snow from November thru April. School is recessed during these months because the roads are extrealy muddy and the air bitterly cold.
The two female physicians that are now operating the AAHC clinic have been well received by the students, their teachers, and the general community surrounding the school. Using basic health education classes as a way to increase awareness about the services available at the clinic, the phyicians have gone out into the community to introduce themselves and AMOR. In August 650 men and women attended the classes bringing the total since March to 2502.
The number of patients seeking medical services at the clinic continues to rise each month as well. Exams, treatment, and medication are available for internal medicine, maternity, and pediatric patients. Additionally vaccinations are available for every age group. August was the clinics busiest month with a total of 616 patients receiving treatment, 259 of which were pediatric.
It is a pleasure to write you these encouraging updates on the progress of the clinic. AMOR and the AAHC staff will continue to reach into the community and encourage the use of the services available. This is your money hard at work providing healthcare, vaccines, and education for those who otherwise would have none of these things available to them.
Thank you for your generosity and continued support!
Dear Aschiana Clinic Supports,
Thank you for helping this very important project achieve success! In the last three months the clinic has really started to be accepted in the community and there has been an increase in the number of patients treated and educated in every category. Let me share a few details….
Now that school is back in session the number of patients being treated at the clinic each month has doubled to approximately 400. The need for childhood vaccinations as a method of disease prevention can not be overstated. This service is free at the Aschiana clinic and we are hopeful that through our educational classes more families will bring their children to partake in this life saving activity. The lab has opened and blood tests checking for infection are being run. An additional machine will be added in June that analyzes for electrolyte balance and will show how well organs such as the liver, kidneys and lungs are working. This will help tremendously with the early diagnosis of disease and guide proper treatment.
Staff changes were made in February that support cultural norms and encourage women to use the clinic. Two female physicians were hired with obstetric and family practice experience. They began visiting the surrounding neighborhoods and Inter-displacement (IDP) camps, introducing themselves and talking about the variety of services offered at the clinic. The need for basic health education was quickly identified and the communities asked that classes be taught in their homes. March was the first month this service was offered and 55 men and women attended the first classes. By the end of April word had started to spread and 400 attended classes during the month….we are looking forward to seeing the final numbers for May and are very excited that the educational programs are being so well received.
Thank you for believing in this project and continuing to provide monthly support. Your donations are improving the quality of life for hundreds of children each month.