Emergency Health Care for Poor Afghan Women

 
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Dr. Sakena Yacoobi
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

Dear Friends,

I am honored to announce that this Thursday, August 6 I will be a guest on Beth Green’s radio program, the Inner Revolution. I invite you to listen live, from 6-7pm ET (3-4pm PT) as we discuss my programs in Afghanistan, including the health programs that this project supports. Thursday’s show is titled “The Other Side of Afghan Women: Dr. Sakena Yacoobi and See Courage in Action!” and the description is as follows:

Honored for her courage and vision, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi is human like us, yet has had to face daunting conditions, which continue to the present day. In 1990, Sakena returned from the US to establish education, health and training programs in the Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan. In 1995 she founded the Afghan Institute of Learning to continue her work. But when the Taliban took power, they devastated women’s rights, including access to education. Instead of crumbling, Sakena worked with communities to establish home schools. The resulting years have seen an astounding litany of accomplishments including the rebuilding of Afghan society. How has she done it? How did her organization found 80 secret schools under the Taliban at the risk of death? And what about today? Although no longer in control of the national government, the Taliban and repressive attitudes toward women still have a hold. What’s happening now? We often see the anguish of Afghan women. Tune in and see the courage.

I will share stories of the wonderful women and girls supported by the Afghan Institute of Learning; women and girls like the one who shared the story below with one of our health workers.  

“Our house is pretty far from the city and getting there would take us a long time. Even if we wish to go to the hospital in the city, we cannot afford the cost. The governmental hospitals even costa us a lot, and they are so crowded, so you get very little attention. I was pregnant and a few months ago I was referred to a clinic for further care. I told the doctor that I couldn’t afford to pay very much, so they referred me to this clinic.

            When I was in labor, we called the clinic since we knew they would help us and do their jobs properly. We went to the clinic, and I had a normal delivery with the help of the great doctors and services being offered to patients.

            It has been a month since my delivery and I have been going back for regular check-ups. The doctors have helped me to learn how to care for myself after delivery and they have vaccinated my child as needed. I sincerely want to thank the clinic and AIL for providing such great services for the common people without any delay or excuse.”


You can click this link for more information about Thursday’s broadcast. I hope that you will make time to listen!

 Warm Regards,

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

Beth Green, the Inner Revolution
Beth Green, the Inner Revolution

The Professor Yacoobi Private Hospital provides a much needed resource for people in need of medical care. Many people travel some distance to use this facility because they have no quality medical option locally. Dr. Yacoobi founded this hospital as a private venture and it follows her philosophy of quality: in care, medicine and administration, and care being available to all regardless of their ability to pay. The hospital is a full service facility with an in house laboratory that performs needed analysis for patients especially as part of preparation for surgery. In the first 3 months of 2015, there were 2,383 patients at the hospital and 41 surgeries performed including caesarians and circumcisions.

Here is a story: One of the doctors said, “One day I took a short break after visiting patients in my visitng room.  I saw a woman came right into the room along with her eight year old daughter who was in a state of shock. The girl had a serious problem and after doing first aid and helping her she recovered after a few minutes. When I asked her mother how long she had been having this problem she said for six months. She said that they took her to a Mullah who took a lot of money from them and a sheep for curing her, but still she didn’t get any better. I talked with the mother and explained that this is a psychological problem and you need to take her to a psychologist not to a Mullah and she accepted to do so. Then I referred her to the psychological advice section where she was under treatment for a while and after taking all her medicine, she became well and went home. After a few months she called the clinic and thanked us for saving her daughter’s life.

Thank you for your interest in Afghanistan and your support for our projects.

Women receiving health care
Women receiving health care

Dear Friend,

A Special Day – Today!  Matching Funds Available!

Today we have a great opportunity which we would like your help with. There are matching funds available for ALL donations made to this project today. This is a guaranteed bonus!

Starting at 9am EDT on May 13th, GlobalGiving is matching donations on our project! Any online donation up to $1,000 made today will go even further to help our work. You can donate any time between 9am EDT and midnight to have your donation partially matched by GlobalGiving –guaranteed! Just click here and support our program on May 13th.

Your support will help us continue to provide quality health care to Afghan women and children in need. 

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Afghanistan is developing, and support for the private sector is a crucial part of renewing a society that has been devastated by war and civil strife. The Professor Yacoobi Private Hospital is well regarded and people travel great distances to seek treatment there. Afghans can buy some drugs in the marketplace but often these drugs are of low quality. The Yacoobi Hospital is known for providing only the best quality drugs at its pharmacy so people feel confident about the medicine they are receiving.

Drug support is part of the care needed by surgical patients who come to the hospital for treatment. In the last two months, there have been 35 surgeries performed and patients have been happy with the care received and the quality of medicines provided.

Thank you for your interest in Afghanistan and your support for our projects.

Afghanistan needs a balanced economy and that is why we support the private hospital established Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Founder of the NGO the Afghan Institute of Learning. Private development is crucial to establishing a self-supporting Afghanistan. Dr. Yacoobi believes Afghans want to be responsible for themselves and are not looking for handouts. The people who come to the hospital all pay something, those who can, pay more and subsidize the needy but sometimes there is a funding gap and that is why we need your support to help pay for surgeries for the poor.

In the last 3 months there have been 2,523 treatments at the hospital including, 40 operations. The hospital treats all manner of medical issues from injuries, diseases and pregnancy to prevention and health education.

Thank you for your interest in Afghanistan and your support for our projects. We have included Creating Hope International’s 2014 newsletter and hope you will read through it.


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Toc Dunlap

Executive Director
Dearborn, Michigan Afghanistan

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Map of Emergency Health Care for Poor Afghan Women