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AIL has a comprehensive reproductive health program which helps women with all related issues. The workshop program gives in depth information to women in two formats, reproductive health workshops that are five days long and expectant mother workshops which are 3 hours long. So far in 2016, there have been 9 RH workshops for 270 women and 7 EM workshops for 136 women (68 pregnant).
All women who visit a clinic or see a Community Health Worker are asked about reproductive health matters and given health education about this. The goal is to educate women to know about their bodies and what to expect in life especially during pregnancy and childbirth. Afghanistan continues to have a rate of maternal/infant mortality that is too high. Education is key to getting this number down.
Many women rely on the AIL clinics as their only source for quality health care and this is crucial during pregnancy. Here is a story from one clinic:"Ghandigul was referred to our clinic for her labor pains. The mother was so frustrated and was weeping. When we checked her personal case of illness and her vital signs, we figured out that she had lost many children as soon as she gave birth.
The examination showed that she was expected twin babies this time. She was dilating but she wanted to go home to the desert even in this condition. The first baby’s position was vertex and the second one was in breech. We were able to resolve this and persuade the mother to give birth in the clinic. The two children were born and both had 8 Apgar scores after giving them artificial respiration and oxygen. The patient’s helper was very happy and told us that if the patient did not give birth today, she would have taken her to the desert with us. Who knows where and how she would have delivered her children? I am sure she would have lost her son again. The patient said that she could not believe that she was finally a mother. I prescribed the patient medicine and after they got the prescription they went home".
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