Afghanistan has been stunned by recent developments and people are adapting as best they can, to a new situation which remains both unclear and uncertain as to the future. AIL’s current priority is to provide urgently needed assistance to the thousands of displaced families who have flooded into Kabul and Herat. Our clinics have expanded their capacity to cope with the large numbers of refugees that are in the area. We face increasing treatments for malnutrition. Food insecurity has been a problem all year, the drought that hit Afghanistan impacted the entire country. Instability and the limits on port access and trade routes means food that comes in is very expensive. Child malnutrition is increasing. We can treat this, but the only solution is more food. We must have access to more foods to distribute to families that come showing the effects of starvation.
We have been touched by the outreach of support and outpouring of donations to help the Afghan people. We thank you for standing by Afghanistan as it faces another humanitarian crisis on top of Covid-19 and drought.
Clinics update so far in 2021
Our clinics are operating in very difficult circumstances and continue to provide vital healthcare both treatment and preventative as well as reproductive health care to poor Afghan women. The clinics have been inundated in recent weeks with refugees fleeing the violence of the civil war in the country.
In the first half of the year, the clinics have provided 110,361 treatments and health education to 74,862. Reproductive health services were provided to 7,696 women and 342 babies were delivered at clinics. Over 33,000 people have been vaccinated this year and over 16,000 children have been assessed for nutritional status with 873 receiving treatment for malnutrition. The Community Health Worker program visited over 12,000 families and treated 2,539 cases of ARI and 886 cases of diarrhea. Covid-19 has restricted the health workshop program but one workshop on reproductive health was held for 35 women in Kabul.
Thank you for your support which is needed more than ever. Your donations have enabled life-saving health education and treatment for many poor Afghans.
AIL runs 14 Community Health Worker posts which are located in villages and manned by a local female and male team. These posts provide a vital first point of contact with medical care for many families. The CHWs triage patient dealing with first aid, pregnancy care and preventive measures while referring complicated medical issues to the fixed clinics.
AIL trains the CHWs and provides monthly continuing education and monitoring. Most recently in April, the meeting included details on Covid-19, colds and flu, vaccinations for Covid, encouraging more women to have safer clinic based births, encouraged mothers to take malnourished infants to the clinics and distribution of health guidebooks provided by the Health Department.
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Covid-19: AIL continues with its relief efforts providing food aid, PPE and running a Covid-19 hospital. All health clinics are operating and Learning Centers and schools are holding classes. Radio Meraj continues to broadcast the latest Covid-19 information.
Covid-19 created significant challenge for all our healthcare providers in 2020. The fixed clinics continued with all aspects of patient care with strict sanitation and social distancing, referring the Covid cases to the government hospital. The 14 health posts in villages cared for people in their community.
In the year, there were 231,000 patients and 172,000 health education participants. Over 26,000 children were assessed for nutritional status and 1,944 treated for malnutrition.
"There are many people who has no access to a health clinic, so their children suffer from malnutrition because of ignorance. AIL Community Health Worker posts find such children in the villages and refer them to the clinic. The children receive food and nutrition health messages till they get fine. We give them consultations on how to serve healthy food as well." (Nutrition Section staff member)
When women know how to take care of their health, are healthy and have children who are well nourished, those women are more productive in their family unit and community. They are more likely to prioritize education of their daughters and seek education and skills training for themselves.
Women’s empowerment, education and health are all connected!
AIL ‘s health clinics have been a vital resource for people, especially during the pandemic when some other sites closed. The clinics were a source of information on the virus and provided the usual health services as other centers and hospitals dealt with the Covid-19 patients.
Reproductive health services are important at all the clinics. Through August, 10,414 women were helped including 150 babies born at the clinics, 6,353 women had contraceptives provided. The Herat clinics run 14 Community Health Worker posts which provided contraceptives to 2,439 women, recorded 13 village births and performed 401 ANC and 65 PNC home visits.
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Covid-19 has created many challenges for AIL staff and its program management. Our offices and health clinics are open and continuing to serve people. The clinics are providing their usual care including reproductive health care and health education activities. So far this year, 75,976 patient treatments have been given and there have been 60,353 health education attendees. Covid-19 cases are referred to government hospitals and disinfection/PPE kits and leaflets are being distributed to patients. AIL staff are using tailoring course equipment from Learning Centers to produce PPE (gowns, masks, face shields) which are distributed to AIL health clinics and donated to the government.
The AIL training department is unable to provide workshops but prior to lockdown Kabul did put on two health trainings. They held a Reproductive Health Workshop for 50 females and a Prevention of Coronavirus training for 50 participants (35 female, 15 male).
Lilemah, from the reproductive health training, had this to say, “I have three children. One of my children is very thin so we went to doctors several times. Unfortunately, he did not get better. I attended the RH workshop and learned about many topics including, the first thousand days of life, good and bad nutrition, women and children hygiene and healthy food. I realized that my child was suffering from malnutrition, after the workshop I plan to give healthy foods to my child to help him get better.”
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AIL is working towards:
SDG Goal 3 – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages.
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