In Afghanistan, we run medical clinics, mobile units and Community Health Worker posts reaching 16,000 patients (65-70% female) each month in rural or poor urban areas. These clinic services are the only medical option for tens of thousands of people, providing treatment for injury and illness, preventive care, health education, reproductive health care, vaccinations and nutrition services. Only healthy people can work or study and properly take care of their families.
Poor Afghans, especially women and children, suffer from ill health, disease, malnutrition. Often lacking local access to quality healthcare and they cannot afford care or transport to health facilities. Everyday women and babies die during home birthing. Lack of knowledge about health issues and superstitions perpetuate unhealthy choices that cost lives and suffering. Afghans need quality care that they trust and feel able to return to for follow up treatment and monitoring.
AIL runs rural and poor urban fixed health clinics and outreach units and village health posts for thousands of patients of local areas. They provide treatment for injury and illness, medical exams, laboratory analysis, nutrition services, vaccinations, midwifery, pharmacy, minor surgery, dentistry, health education and reproductive healthcare. AIL also runs workshops on reproductive health and ones for expectant mothers, in addition all patients at clinics attend health education sessions.
AIL clinics give health care and health education to those who have few medical options. Health care saves lives and health education prevents future illness by teaching women how to protect their health. One focus is on maternal/infant care with reproductive services and workshops saving lives and ensuring safer clinic based births. Vaccinations are given protecting the population and nutrition assessments ensure malnutrition is treated, both these improve population health.