AIL’s health 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. In 2016, there have been 11 RH workshops for 330 women and 15 EM workshops for 296 women (149 pregnant and 147 caregivers).
Afghanistan has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world. This is partly due to a lack of prenatal education, a lack of access to clinics and hospitals and a tradition where home births are the norm. AIL gives workshops to provide women with in depth knowledge about their bodies and reproduction. The EM workshops have been highly success with 6 years of workshop data showing 99.8% of women (who reported a birth) chose a clinic/hospital birth. There have been no maternal deaths or still births in the group who reported in. As with all knowledge in this verbal society, the information learned is passed from those who attend the workshop to their families, thus extending the influence of the workshops far beyond the 980 participants over 6 years.
“Halima, is another pregnant mother who says, "When some of the women told about their pregnancy problems, I felt ashamed to share health issues like this. However, I understand now. From attending in this workshop, I learned that I made mistakes. The problems are natural issues for all women and we should not be ashamed of them. Simagul says, "I lost one of my children from the problems mentioned. My family called the problems my destiny and did not make any effort for treatment for me. Now I figured out my mistake from this interesting workshop and what to do in the future."
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