Emergency Health Care for Poor Afghan Women

by Creating Hope International (CHI)
Emergency Health Care for Poor Afghan Women
Surgical Suite
Surgical Suite

The Professor Yacoobi Private Hospital in Herat continues to provide quality healthcare and in particular surgical services. The hospital provides surgeries to the poor or those in reduced economic circumstances using a sliding scale for fees. In November, there were 27 surgeries at the facility and 14 were discounted. The full price surgeries help to cover the costs of the free or discounted ones which means the staff do not have to turn away anyone in need of care. 

We thank you so much for your support of this program. We have attached our year end newsletter to this report, and hope that you will take some time to look it over and learn more about our programs. 

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Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your interest in our project Emergency Health Care for Poor Afghan Women. So far, with funds from other sources, the AIL clinics in Herat Province have been able to provide 25 poor women with surgeries they would not otherwise been able to afford; surgeries ranging from appendectomies to cesarean section. This project has the ability to provide surgeries to even more poor Afghan women who have no other way to afford the life saving care they need. 

In Afghanistan, clinics and hospitals were thought of as places where you would go to die, but this is not the way that AIL clinics are viewed. AIL’s clinics are trusted by the communities that they serve. The AIL clinics have become known for the very high quality of care that they provide to all patients, and women are now coming to the clinics when they need care. So far we have not received any donations to this project, but we are hoping that this will change very soon and allow us to provide even more women with the life changing, and potentially life saving, procedures that they need.  

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Dr. Sakena Yacoobi receiving her hood at Princeton
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi receiving her hood at Princeton

So many wonderful things have happened for the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) in the last few weeks, and we’re very excited to share a few of them with you.

First, on Tuesday the Executive Director of AIL, Sakena Yacoobi received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Princeton University. The official citation reads:

With a profound reverence for the well-being of others, this visionary leader devotes her life to the empowerment of poor Afghan women and children. With an unwavering commitment to social justice, against all odds, and often at great personal risk, she built and sustains an institute that makes healthcare and education possible for the most vulnerable. It owes its success in establishing clinics, teaching children, and training educators and caregivers to the deep and lasting ties she has forged with the people she serves and with global communities of care. After decades of work, she is still creating hope, in her home country and throughout the world.

Additionally, AIL has had two articles posted at The Huffington Post. The first focuses on AIL’s belief that Education Is the Way to a Healthier Country

The second article details AIL’s Mobile Literacy Program, giving details of how adding texting to a traditional literacy curriculum helped to accelerate the pace of learning. 

Finally, tomorrow is a Global Giving Matching Day, and because AIL is a superstar partner, all donations will be matched at 50%! Matching will begin at 9:00 am EST and funds generally run out after just a few hours. To select a project that you might like to donate to, visit AIL’s page on GlobalGiving


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Women's Networking Movement
Women's Networking Movement

The Afghan Institute of Learning is very excited to have been given the opportunity to blog at Huffington Post! Our first blog about the Women’s Networking Movement taking place in some of AIL’s centers has been posted. The Women’s Networking Movement is taking place in about 30 of AIL’s centers, schools and clinics. The women coming to these centers are sharing thoughts and ideas in ways that have not been possible until recently.

To learn more about the Women’s Networking Movement, check out our blog at Huffington Post!

Creating Hope International, AIL’s partner, has set up a Facebook page where we will be sharing more news, pictures and information about AIL’s programs. Make sure that you ‘Like’ Creating Hope International on Facebook to get all the latest news! 


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Creating Hope International (CHI)

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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Twitter: @sakenafund
Project Leader:
carolyn dunlap
Dearborn, Michigan Afghanistan

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