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!
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi
AIL’s reproductive health workshops continue to be popular and so far in 2015 there have been 3 workshops for 100 women. These women learn about their bodies and the process of pregnancy and birth and how to care for infants and much more.
Suhaila says: Studying at this AIL Learning Center I saw that AIL is a big supporter of young girls’ education. I was able to participate in a Reproductive Health workshop put on by AIL last year. I learned lots of things about health not only reproductive matters but also environmental health and prevention of disease. I shared all those things which I learned from this workshop with my friends. I am really thankful for the AIL office. I was an illiterate girl and I didn’t know anything regarding health but now I know lots of things.
Having information changes lives and empowers women to care for themselves and reduce their risk level.
Thank you for your interest in Afghan women’s health issues.
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AIL runs a comprehensive Health Program that encompasses health treatment, health education and health training. The workshop program is very popular and in 2014 AIL provided 11 Reproductive Health Workshops for 390 women. These women learned about their bodies, pregnancy and birth, and newborn care. They are now much better equipped to care for themselves as they go through life.
AIL’s 3 hour Expectant Mother Workshop (EM) is another quick and easy way for these women to learn what they need to know. In 2014, AIL gave 15 EM Workshops for 380 women (190 pregnant) and remarkably all of the 137 births recorded so far were at clinics rather than a risky home birth situation. In the four years this program has been running only one recorded birth occurred at home out of 439 births. In addition to its focused workshops, AIL has provided thousands of women with reproductive health education through the AIL clinics and Community Health Workers posts.
One woman who gave birth at an AIL clinic and said, “I lost my two other babies while giving birth at home because my husband’s s family never trusted in clinics. Then last week an AIL Community Health Worker came to my house. She spoke with my husband and his family about the dangers of delivery at home. Moreover, she explained the reason why my other two babies died. Fortunately, she was able to convince them to let me go to the clinic for the birth. Now I am in the clinic with my baby daughter who is alive and the doctor says she is fine. My husband is so happy and he is so sorry for not letting me come to clinic for last two births. He is now believing in AIL health services. I also thank AIL for saving my baby girl’s life. And I am going to tell this story to all my relatives and family in order to change their negative minds.”
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