Maternal/child health are two of the 8 Millennium Development Goals and two of AIL’s major areas of concern in the health field. Women and babies face an unacceptably high risk of death in childbirth due to lack of access to basic health care and trained health care providers. Since the start of 2013, 6,782 women have received reproductive health care at AIL clinics; 122 women attended Expectant Mother Workshops; and 100 attended Reproductive Health Workshops. Healthier mothers and children are the result.
Now in its third full year of operation, the Expectant Mother Workshops continue to yield remarkable results in that 100% of women who attend them choose a clinic-based birth rather than the cultural norm of home delivery. AIL has continued with its Reproductive Health Workshops (RH) in addition to continuing health education offered at clinics and through the Community Health Worker program. Mini workshops are also offered when needed and are a more condensed workshop experience specially suited to those with limited time available or issues of transport.
The RH workshops are in depth educational offerings providing a comprehensive view of women’s health concerns. Most recently AIL held workshops in the more troubled provinces of Dykondi and Wardak after receiving requests from women living there. Attendees often have tragic stories of childbirth trauma and these experiences prompt them to seek help and knowledge as in this case:
One workshop participant said: “My daughter-in-law died in her first child delivery and the reason she died was my carelessness, because I didn’t allow my daughter in law delivery at the hospital and in this area there weren’t any midwives. I tried to help her during her delivery but I lost my daughter in law because I didn’t have experience and her blood group was negative and that caused problems. I wished that I had joined this workshop one year ago so I could have helped my daughter in law.”
We are most grateful for your interest in and your support of this project. Reaching women of child bearing age with accurate information about pregnancy and child birth is truly a life saving effort.
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