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.
Dear Project Supporters,
Thank you for your continued support of the AMOR clinic at the Aschiana School for Street Children. Because of your commitment to this project the community that it serves is receiving pediatric urgent care services; free vaccines and micro-nutrient supplements; and reliable, quality pharmaceuticals.
The clinic and it's staff are gaining trust in the community and more patients are coming to the clinic for treatment each week. The school is currently closed for winter break so there are no students on campus. This decreases the daily walk-in patients, so the physicians are using the available time to conduct health education seminars in the surrounding Inter-displacement (IDP) camps and raise awareness about the clinics presence and the services it provides. Currently averages of 200 patients are receiving a variety of treatments each week. We are optimistic that this number will double over the next quarter as the weather improves and the school year resumes.
AMOR is currently working on a budget for lab equipment. The ability to provide on site diagnostic lab results will facilitate the quick and accurate diagnosis of our patient's problems. Additionally, the lab will assist with both early interventions in a disease process, and informed follow up treatment. We are excited about the opportunity to provide this additional service at the clinic and will keep you updated as we move forward with the purchasing of this equipment.
I look forward to sharing with you the continued success of the AMOR Achiana Health Clinic (AAHC) in the coming quarter.
It was a pleasure to visit the AAHC clinic in person two weeks ago and see the progress being made first hand. Children were receiving treatment, families were in the waiting room, and prescriptions were being filled. The clinic is enjoying an organized opening and the clean exam rooms, each with its own sink to promote infection control, are spacious and well stocked.
I appreciated learning from Aschiana’s Director, Engineer Yousef, that there are five Inter-Displacement camps within walking distance of the clinic. Approximately 150,000 families from provinces throughout Afghanistan, who have sought temporary refuge here in Kabul, live in these camps with an average family size of eight; one surviving parent and seven children. This means that the pediatric catchment population for the clinic, just from the surrounding camps, is over 1 million children! What an incredible opportunity we have to change the outcome of so many young lives by providing vaccines, basic health care, and health education to this vulnerable population.
To increase awareness about the clinic opening, the services being provided, and the general health benefits of vaccines and clean water, we have begun exploring a community outreach program. Ideally a health educator will visit each of the camps on a routine basis, provide basic health education, and encourage the children and theirparents to take full advantage of the clinic services.
The potential outreach of this well placed clinic is tremendous. It is your continued financial support for this project that make it possible for AMOR to provide life saving health care and health education to the children in the Wazir Akbar Khan District in Kabul. Thank you for your generosity! Please take a minute to review the new project photos I have attached. I look forward to continuing to share with you the progress that is being made in the number of patients being treated and the variety of services provided.
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