Save Rural Afghan Women & Children With Healthcare

 
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Aug 11, 2008

Snapshot (2008) of the Rural Health Care Project

Creating Hope International’s partner, the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), has 3 rural health clinics—Imam Shish Nur and Jagartan Clinics in Herat Province and Mir Bacha Kot Clinic in Kabul Province. From January through June 2008, AIL’s three clinics:

- treated 63,345 total patients - treated 9,347 reproductive health patients - vaccinated 17,977 women and children - gave health education lessons to 31,563 women and children - treated 182 children for malnutrition - held reproductive health and women’s health workshops for 697 women

Nearly all of the patients treated at AIL’s 3 rural clinics are women and children. In the first 6 months of 2008, the rural clinics treated 12,258 more patients than in the same time period during 2007.

The Community Health Worker (CHW) program in the Herat clinics continues to be a great in building the “health capacity” of the rural communities where the CHWs work. In the first six months of 2008, CHWs visited 39,781 families and provided health services to 18,791 patients. During each visit, CHWs also give health education information to the families. Since the Afghan government recently said that no fees could be charged at clinics resulting in many more patients, most of whom are not ill, coming to the clinics, the CHW program will continue to be helpful in alleviating the patient load at the clinics.

Following is a story demonstrating the dedication of the clinic staff and the benefit the clinic’s services are bringing to those who live in rural areas:

Pharmacist of Iman Shish Nur Clinic in Herat said: “The 12th of January was a cold and snowy day; with a lot of problems when we arrived at the clinic. When the people who had been to the clinic before saw us, they were happy. They said ‘we didn’t think that you come to the clinic.’ That day we visited more than 50 patients. It was very helpful for the people because this clinic is their only hope.”

Aug 15, 2007

Snapshot of project January-June 2007

Doctor examining patient in Herat clinic
Doctor examining patient in Herat clinic

The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) has 3 rural health clinics—Imam Shish Nur and Jagartan Clinics in Herat Province and Mir Bacha Kot Clinic in Kabul Province. From January through June 2007, AIL’s three clinics:

• treated 51,087 total patients • treated 8,039 reproductive health patients • vaccinated 24,717 women and children • gave health education lessons to 41,534 women and children • treated 184 children for malnutrition • held reproductive health and women’s health workshops for 812 women

In Herat, a new, larger clinic building was constructed to replace the old existing building in Jagartan and a new wall was built around the clinic in Imam Shish Nur.

Because of the emphasis that AIL places on health education, there has been a significant decrease (50%) in the number of children being treated for malnutrition.

The Community Health Worker (CHW) program in the Herat clinics is greatly helping to build the “health capacity” of the rural communities where the CHWs work. In the first six months of 2007, CHWs visited 38,862 families and provided health services to 13,956 patients. During each visit, CHWs also give health education information to the families.

A few reports from clinic staff and patients follow:

The outreach vaccinator of Iman Shish Nur Clinic in Herat reported," One day when I went to a village, a lot of women gathered round me for vaccinations for their children. In the beginning I explained to them the advantages of vaccination. When I finished, a woman asked me why I vaccinated women and children. I answered because the vaccine prevents you and your children from getting some dangerous diseases. The TT vaccine protects you from Tetanus and Polio; Diphtheria; Pertussis; TT; Hepatitis B and Measles vaccine protects children. She asked me again, why do you vaccinate the women between the 15-49 year olds? I answered because you have menstruation and give birth to babies. If you don’t get vaccine, you will get different illnesses. She said if we get TT vaccine, will it prevent us from getting tetanus disease? I told her yes, when you have completed your five periods of vaccine you are fully immunized and your children too. In the end, all the women were happy because they and their children will be fully immunized against dangerous diseases.”

The midwives of Jaghartan Clinic in Herat said," This month we gave more information to women about family planning methods including IUD and its benefits. They were encouraged to use this method and they promised to talk to their husbands and then come back. We encouraged the pregnant women to come for a safe delivery in the clinic and showed them the sterile midwifery area, delivery room and its equipment.” Some CHWs in Herat from different areas said," Now it is the season of reaping wheat and other grain. During the reaping the farmers cut their hands or feet and they need dressings and so the CHWs dress the injuries. The people are happy with the CHW services because they are able to provide health services for the people.”

Doctor examining patient in Herat clinic
Doctor examining patient in Herat clinic
Apr 10, 2007

Video from Afghanistan

I wanted to let you know about a piece on the AIL health programs on Yahoo that was up this weekend. A staff person from Direct Relief was recently in Afghanistan visiting AIL programs. The link below is a piece he put together with Yahoo about AIL's programs.

Click below to see the video!

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Oct 17, 2006

Annual Report


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Oct 12, 2006

Update

The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) has 3 rural health clinics—two in Herat Province and one in Kabul Province. From November 2005 through August 2006, AIL’s three clinics did the following:

-treated 86750 total patients -treated 16108 reproductive health patients -vaccinated 75704 women and children -gave health education lessons to 75704 women and children -treated 295 children for malnutrition -held four-day reproductive health workshops for 352 women and 5 men

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Sakena Yacoobi

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