Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care

by Afghan Institute of Learning
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care
Save Afghan Women & Children with Health Care

Dear Friends,

Exciting Opportunity!

We are competing today for a share of a $50,000 bonus fund. The more we raise from you by midnight ET the larger the share of the pot we will get.

There is MORE! This project and one other below ALSO receive 50% Match from Safer World Fund so your gift will be worth 50% more and then a percent more than that from Bonus Day.

Can you help?

1073 Save Rural Afghan Women and Children with Healthcare

1155 Fast-Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls

Newsflash: Dr. Yacoobi  is one of BBC 100 Women 2017!

AIL has 4 fixed site health clinics as well as outreach health units at a Learning Center and at an orphanage and street children facility. AIL’s Herat health program also supports 14 Community Health Workers (CHWs) posts.

People are very aware of the lack of good health facilities and the impact this has on lives. Fatama, a student at the Baran Medical Institute had this to say:  "One of my dreams is that in the future all the Afghan women have access to health services. When I go to the distant rural areas and observe the lives of people, I see how destitute our people are. There are no medical services available, and they suffer from severe illnesses. Therefore, with the help of my classmates we voluntarily formed a team and went to the far distant areas where poor people were living. We trained the people of the areas on some issues about health and some first-aid activities for them to be sufficient in emergency aid. To continue our goals, we are more motivated to expand our work and also we have considered to expand our team too."  

In one month, AIL Clinics have treated 16,310 patients and provided health education to 12,054 people.  Some of the most popular health education topics this month included, breast feeding, family planning, vaccinations and nutrition. This month 5,001 patients were vaccinated, 1,282 attended for reproductive health services and 1,384 children were assessed for nutritional status. There were 26 healthy babies delivered at clinics in the month.  AIL health educators stress the greater safety of clinic birth and how it helps prevent maternal and child deaths which results in increasing clinic/hospital birth rates. Community Health workers at 14 posts in Herat made 3,061 family visits and treated 579 cases of ARI and 186 cases of diarrhea.

Thank you for your support for women in Afghanistan.

 

AIL is working towards:

SDG Goal 3 – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages.

SDG Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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Dear Friends,

AIL has 4 fixed health clinics and outreach health units at one Learning Center and at an orphanage and street children facility. AIL’s health program also supports Community Health Workers (CHWs) posts. So far in 2017, AIL has treated 109,574 people (70% women and children) and given health education to 84,920.

AIL was selected to use the MIRA program at its two Herat clinics which support 14 CHW health posts. MIRA was started in India and is a mobile phone based health monitoring system designed to help pregnant women and their medical caregivers to better evaluate pregnancy progress and dispense health information. At the start of this program AIL had to buy the necessary equipment and phones and translate the manuals into Farsi, as well as preparing registration forms and data collection procedures.

CHWs underwent training in the program in April. Some CHWs lacked the necessary literacy skills so AIL trained their daughters too so they could assist. The house numbering in the Afghan villages was not always easy, so AIL developed house ID systems to help with registering the family units. CHWs have now registered 2,695 families including 313 pregnant women and registered relevant child immunizations. All the data upon collection has to be transferred into computer files. CHWs are visiting the families each week collecting data. The program is due to run through end of January, 2018. The goal is to reduce the maternal/infant mortality rate. This is a crucial issue in the advancement of the empowerment of women in the country.

Thank you for your support for women in Afghanistan.

AIL is working towards:

SDG Goal 3 – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages.

SDG Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Follow our CEO on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SakenaYacoobi

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Dear Friends,

The Afghan Institute of Learning and Creating Hope International have photos in this year's GlobalGiving's Photo Contest!

We need your help!
Please vote for these photos NOW until Friday, May 26th at 12:00:01 EDT.

AIL Photo     CHI Photo


Your vote will help us win a $1000 bonus prize and the opportunity to be featured on the GlobalGiving homepage and in their social media outreach! Thank You.

Updates from programs!

Girls team wins Technovation Challenge with Education App!
Professor Sakena Yacoobi High School , Herat has won first place in the girls  Technovation Challenge competition creating mobile phone applications.
The 5 girl team beat 36 other teams from Afghanistan with their education app Amozgar, that teaches literacy. Sponsored by AIL, they worked on this project for 3 months creating an app with the alphabet with audio and words and sentences.  Their message, “With Amozgar we change homes into schools.”
The team and their app now move on to the semi- final round of judging with 100 teams from around the world. Six finalists will be picked from this round to compete for the final prize.

Radio Meraj wins more Top Awards in Media in Western Afghanistan!
The Afghanistan Institute for Research and Studies held a contest for 161 media outlets. Meraj was permitted to enter 3 categories and won all 3!  Meraj won best news package, best analysis and speakers, and best innovative programming. In addition, a photographer working with AIL won the best photography prize for one of his AIL photographs.
The competition attracted media outlets from all over the western zone including the well- known stations that have been operating for decades. Meraj’s success is remarkable in that it has been in operation for only two years yet won awards usually associated with stations of 5 plus years of experience. It won the most awards among all the existing media.
Radio Meraj is many years ahead of its strategic plan and has gained popular and professional credibility and success making it one of the top three Herat stations.   The station operates 20 hours a day reaching 9 out of the 15 districts of Herat.

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Dear Friends,

We are delighted to let you know that an AIL project has been selected as one of only six projects in the GlobalGiving Girl Fund! The project is 921 Afghan Institute of Learning Empowers Afghan Women. This project will receive one sixth of the donations made during the rest of this year to this special Fund! We would not have been selected for this opportunity without the support we received in the month of March from many donors such as yourselves. Great team effort! Thank you!

Project Update

AIL has always approached helping poor Afghan women and children with a multi- pronged approach combining health care and education with education and skills training. AIL’s health program is a strong and sustaining element of this philosophy. Women cannot be empowered if they are unwell and lack the necessary knowledge to be healthy and keep their families healthy.  AIL has 4 fixed clinics and outreach units at one Learning Center and an orphanage. So far in 2017, AIL has treated 51,446 (70% women and children) and given health education to 38,404.

Here is a story from the orphanage:  Hamida had this to say, “When I was playing in the nursery playground I slipped and fell from the top of the walkway.My right foot hurt a lot as it hit an iron rod. I felt that my foot bone was broken.  My friends took me to the health department of the nursery immediately.  Fortunately, the doctor was there.I was crying from the bad pain. He immediately injected me with a painkiller to help calm me. After the examination, the doctor told me fortunately, my foot was not broken. However, it was injured badly. “I will prescribe you some medicine and analgesic ointment to apply it once at night in order to get well soon. You must rest and do not stand on your feet for at least ten days.” 

I really do not know how to express my feelings toward Professor Sakena Yacoobi  who made these facilities for the orphans.  I really had no idea what to do with an injured and painful foot if there were not a health department in the nursery. I do not have anyone who could help me. Thank You! “

Health education is given whenever and wherever possible such as at clinics, at Community Health Worker (CHWs) visits, at schools and Learning Centers. Health messages are part of everyday and every class at the centers. For example, students studying mobile literacy send text messages about health to their class mates.

AIL oversees 15 CHW posts which are manned by two person teams. Their job is to give basic care and advice and health education as well as referred people to clinics. They tend pregnant women in their villages giving the necessary information about pregnancy and safe delivery. In 2017, CHWs have already visited 10,099 families expanding the reach of AIL’s health program and empowering women to take care of their health.

Thank you for your support for women in Afghanistan.

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Dear Friends,

Today the Little by Little Matching Campaign goes live! 50% match available up to $50 per individual donor per project.

This opportunity applies to all Creating Hope International and Afghan Institute of Learning  projects on GlobalGiving. You can give to more than one project up to $50 being matched!

Matching starts today, April 3rd 9:00 am EDT and ends April 7th midnight EDT while the $50,000 funds last. Hurry and donate!

EXTRA! $3,000 in bonus prizes awarded to top 5 projects that raise most funds! Can you help us?

There’s more!

AIL’s two projects: Fast Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls and Save Rural Afghan Women and Children with Health care are eligible for Safer World Fund 50% match too!! 

Your $50 donation could be worth $100 through both funds!  Donate now to get this double dip matching!

In the first two months of the year, AIL has provided 34,490 patients with health care and given health education to 23,690. This care and education is of top quality and changes lives for the better. The local people travel miles to attend one of AIL’s 4 fixed clinics, Learning Center clinic or Orphanage Clinic. They know they will be well cared for and at each visit learn something about how to protect their health in the future.  Fifteen villages in Herat Province have Community Health Worker posts run by a man and woman team. They provide first aid, pregnancy and birth care and vaccinations and other health care matters. These units are particularly valuable to isolated villages giving the people a local, first stop for health needs. In January and February, CHWs made 6,764 visits to families.

Here is a story from Fareshta, an orphan who lives at the Herat orphanage. “One day I was feeling abdominal pains and it made me weak so I went to the doctor for treatment. The doctor started the checkup and he asked me  what I ate the previous night and he also asked about the food that I had eaten at school. So I told him that I only ate a sandwich at school. He said I had food poisoning from bacteria. He gave me an injection and it worked and I felt better and the sickness was washed out of my system.The doctor also mentioned some issues and points which I should take care.  For example, he said that I should not eat foods which have been cooked on the streets or outside of the home because it also makes us sick. So I promised the doctor that I would not eat those foods anymore as I don’t want to get sick again."

Thank you for your support.

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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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Twitter: @AIL_ngo
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Founder & CEO
Dearborn, Michigan United States
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