Because 80% of the Afghan population is dependent on herding & farming, the welfare of the environment is critical to the economic welfare of the people. World Health Organization ranks Afghanistan as the highest among non-African nations in deaths from environmental hazard. In 2012, CHA translated and distributed 1,000 copies of "A Community Guide to Environmental Health". Community members are asking for more copies of these books, but CHA has no money for printing.
CHA translated this book into Dari because we saw a need to raise awareness about the effects of the quality of air, water, vegetation and land on Afghanis' health and livelihood. 500 CDs (cost $1,500) of the book will be distributed to NGOs, schools, community libraries, parliamentary committees, and government health departments. Printed books (1000 costing $14,000) will be used by health workers, community leaders & development committees, teachers, environmental advocates, and villagers.
1) Improve the awareness and knowledge of Afghanis about their environmental health.
2) Improve the community health and healthy living.
3) Increase household preventive measures.
4)Improve national and local development planning, focusing on decreasing the environmental hazards and enhancing sustainability.
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