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AIL has always had healthcare and health education at the core of its programming. Women need to know about their bodies and how to stay healthy most especially when pregnant and caring for newborns. AIL runs health education sessions for all those visiting the clinics as well as giving reproductive health workshops. So far in 2016, there have been 6 multi day reproductive health workshops for 180 women and 4 3 hour long expectant mother workshops for 38 pregnant women and 38 helpers. These women are the lucky ones as they are now equiped with the knowledge of what to expect and how to detect problems. Many will choose the safer option of an clinic birth rather than the risky home birth without trained attendants. Here is one story:
"When I gave birth to a weak and sick son, my mother in law didn’t let me to feed him with my breast milk. She believed that the first milk at the beginning is dirty and you should throw them away! I did what they said. After three days that I got permission to feed my son with breast – milk, he refused to drink it. Therefore, he is being fed with cow's milk. He always had constipation and stomachache. As the safety system of his body was weak he was sick all the time." did not know why he is crying all the time. After participating in this workshop, I have known the benefit of breast milk. I never feed my baby cow's milk as I have learnt it can harm the stomach."
AIL’s Health Program continues to treat and educate thousands of people each month. In the first six months of the year 119,280 patients were treated and 78,498 people received health education. Patients often travel great distances to reach an AIL clinic because they know they will get quality care and quality drugs. Patients come for first aid care, vaccinations, nutrition, reproductive health, diseases and illnesses. Every patient and any family members with them receive health education at each visit to give them the knowledge of how to prevent illness or injury and how to treat minor ailments. Some of the most popular health education topics are related to reproduction including breast feeding, nutrition, vaccines and newborn care. All health education helps pregnant women stay healthy.
AIL emphasizes the importance of vaccinations to patients attending with illness or injury or pregnant women. The clinics also have vaccinators going out to villages and vaccines are provided by the 30 Community Health Workers at 15 health posts. AIL participates in vaccination campaigns run by the government such as for polio. These vaccinations save lives especially those who are most vulnerable such as pregnant women and newborns. Afghanistan continues to have one of the world’s highest rates of maternal and infant mortality vaccines play a part in reducing these numbers.
"I am Sohaila and I have been working as a vaccinator for three years at Maladan. I do my best to improve my work. One of the important parts of my job is to make the people understand the value of vaccinating. One day I was talking about the value of vaccination and I faced a woman who was from Ghore province bt now was living in Herat Province. She said, "I am 30 years old and it is about one year that I have come to Herat with my family. I know nothing about vaccination and I have not been vaccinated yet because I have not known about vaccination and what it is for. So tell me about it, if I need to be vaccinated ". So I welcomed her and I gave her complete information about vaccination and then I gave her a vaccination card so she could get vaccines. I said it will absolutely decrease the rate of different maternal diseases. I am proud of being a vaccinator and that I am helping my people. When I work for my people I never become tired".
TODAY June 15TH -9:00am ET TO 11:59pm! 50% Matching funds available for donations made to AIL projects on GlobalGiving.org! Donations up to $1,000 per individual donor per organization may be matched while funds available. The money runs out fast- so donate now!
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This year AIL’s health program has provided 79,048 patients with health treatment and 50,433 patients have participated in some form of health education. AIL has four fixed clinics but also has a clinic at an orphanage and one at a Learning Center. A girl at the Herat orphanage had this to say, “By comparison, the orphanage was better for me. When I got sick at home, my mother could not do anything for me, as we were very poor. AIL provided us all kinds of medicine and checked us every day. Once I did not feel well, I had a headache and fever and I was worried. The doctor and the head of the orphanage came to visit me. I could not believe that they came just for me. I felt proud of myself and I felt that I have character and confidence and could explain how I felt. I thank God and Dr. Yacoobi for not leaving me alone.”
AIL provides many avenues, other than at health clinics, for women and girls to get the sort of health information they need to stay healthy and look after themselves, especially their reproductive health. The AIL education program includes 43 Learning Centers (LCs) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including 15 rural centers around Herat. So far this year,13,888 students (including 9,044 females and 4,844 males) participated in Learning Center education. The students all learn about health as health information is given regularly and sometimes workshops are held. AIL also conducts trainings during the year and 701 (341 female and 360 male) have been to trainings on various subjects including in depth health topics.
TODAY, your donation can go further! Donate between 9:00am and 11:59pm and help AIL continue its valuable work providing education and healthcare to women and girls.
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