Sep 26, 2019

Midwifery training to start in Laghman Province

Afghanistan has one of the world’s highest maternal mortality rates (UNICEF).  At present, it is estimated that there are 396 deaths per 100,000 live births (MSF).  Although maternal and neonatal deaths are steadily declining, the number of people without access to sexual, reproductive and maternal health services is still high. Increasing the number of skilled birth attendants in the country is of great importance.

Action for Development (AfD) in partnership with the Geneva Haute École de Santé (HEdS) and with the approval of the Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan, is currently expanding its midwifery training program to Laghman Province in eastern Afghanistan. This September, twenty midwives from various health facilities in the province are expected to commence training. Following a cascade-model approach, these midwives are expected to train 120 midwives. The training course covers topics including recognizing eclampsia, performing manual vacuum aspiration, vacuum extraction, reducing the risk of sepsis and family planning. Our objective is to prepare midwives from various health facilities at the community level with the necessary skills for the provision of quality maternal and neonatal healthcare.

Our Midwifery Training Program aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goal no.3, which aims at reducing maternal and child mortality by 2030. Since the beginning of our program in 2014, over 400 midwives have been trained. This has been possible due to our generous donors and partners.

We would like to thank you for your continued support to the project!



The team at AFD 

Sep 6, 2019

The story behind a photo

Last week, one of our photos was chosen to feature as the the cover of a WHO journal. 

The caption provided by the author of the photo, Rada Akbar, reads as following: A teacher instructing a deaf child during a lesson at the National School for Deaf Children on the Eastern outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, 2017.

The Rahyab school for children with disabilities, supported by Action for Development, welcomed 750 children in 2019. There is a plan to expand the school to rural areas as well as the capital Kabul, in order to reach a higher number of children in need. 

Thanks to the support of our donors, Action for Development, has been able to support the Rahyab school  for children with disabilities since 2014 and so much more can be achieved!

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Our warmest regards,

The team at AFD



Aug 12, 2019

A powerful testimony

In October 2016, Action for Development (AFD) founded the school for street-working children in one of the most populated districts of Kabul, Kart-e-Char; as of January 2019, the school has opened in two other locations, having enrolled about 200 children between the age of 5 and 14.

Today we would like to tell you the story of one of these children, a girl named Saima.

Saima is 10 years old and lives in Dehmazang, a district of Kabul city; she has 2 brothers and 4 sisters. Saima’s father has cancer and therefore he is no longer able to work to support the family; for this reason, Saima was forced to start working in the city by polishing shoes and selling chewing gum, making less than 1$ per day.

As a young girl working on the street Saima is particularly vulnerable to violence and exploitation. 

Saima started attending AfD's school four months ago and has already learned to read and write words and number; in addition to attending classes, she has lunch at school and plays sports with her friends. Although Saima still gets up and returns home at the same time, she is no longer working on the street all day. When she is at home she plays with her sisters and does her homework.

Saima’s greatest fear is being kidnapped, which is an ever-present danger for young girls working on the street in Afghanistan. Saima’s hope for the future is being able to help treat her father from cancer.

In Saima's words, her biggest dream is “to live a good life".

Action for Development continues to support Saima and the other children attending its schools; we thank our donors for all the efforts made, but so much more needs to be done, in order to guarantee a better future to the children of Afghanistan.

Help us make Saima's dream of a good life possible!

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