Save Rural Afghan Women & Children With Healthcare

by Afghan Institute of Learning
Aug 15, 2007

Snapshot of project January-June 2007

Doctor examining patient in Herat clinic
Doctor examining patient in Herat clinic

The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) has 3 rural health clinics—Imam Shish Nur and Jagartan Clinics in Herat Province and Mir Bacha Kot Clinic in Kabul Province. From January through June 2007, AIL’s three clinics:

• treated 51,087 total patients • treated 8,039 reproductive health patients • vaccinated 24,717 women and children • gave health education lessons to 41,534 women and children • treated 184 children for malnutrition • held reproductive health and women’s health workshops for 812 women

In Herat, a new, larger clinic building was constructed to replace the old existing building in Jagartan and a new wall was built around the clinic in Imam Shish Nur.

Because of the emphasis that AIL places on health education, there has been a significant decrease (50%) in the number of children being treated for malnutrition.

The Community Health Worker (CHW) program in the Herat clinics is greatly helping to build the “health capacity” of the rural communities where the CHWs work. In the first six months of 2007, CHWs visited 38,862 families and provided health services to 13,956 patients. During each visit, CHWs also give health education information to the families.

A few reports from clinic staff and patients follow:

The outreach vaccinator of Iman Shish Nur Clinic in Herat reported," One day when I went to a village, a lot of women gathered round me for vaccinations for their children. In the beginning I explained to them the advantages of vaccination. When I finished, a woman asked me why I vaccinated women and children. I answered because the vaccine prevents you and your children from getting some dangerous diseases. The TT vaccine protects you from Tetanus and Polio; Diphtheria; Pertussis; TT; Hepatitis B and Measles vaccine protects children. She asked me again, why do you vaccinate the women between the 15-49 year olds? I answered because you have menstruation and give birth to babies. If you don’t get vaccine, you will get different illnesses. She said if we get TT vaccine, will it prevent us from getting tetanus disease? I told her yes, when you have completed your five periods of vaccine you are fully immunized and your children too. In the end, all the women were happy because they and their children will be fully immunized against dangerous diseases.”

The midwives of Jaghartan Clinic in Herat said," This month we gave more information to women about family planning methods including IUD and its benefits. They were encouraged to use this method and they promised to talk to their husbands and then come back. We encouraged the pregnant women to come for a safe delivery in the clinic and showed them the sterile midwifery area, delivery room and its equipment.” Some CHWs in Herat from different areas said," Now it is the season of reaping wheat and other grain. During the reaping the farmers cut their hands or feet and they need dressings and so the CHWs dress the injuries. The people are happy with the CHW services because they are able to provide health services for the people.”

Doctor examining patient in Herat clinic
Doctor examining patient in Herat clinic

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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Dearborn, Michigan United States
$95,793 raised of $98,000 goal
1,444 donations
$2,207 to go
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