Help Afghan Women Deliver Healthy Babies Safely

by Afghan Institute of Learning
Vetted

Dear Friends,

AIL’s Health Program continues to treat and educate thousands of people each month. In the first six months of the year 119,280 patients were treated and 78,498 people received health education. Patients often travel great distances to reach an AIL clinic because they know they will get quality care and quality drugs. Patients come for first aid care, vaccinations, nutrition, reproductive health, diseases and illnesses. Every patient and any family members with them receive health education at each visit to give them the knowledge of how to prevent illness or injury and how to treat minor ailments. Some of the most popular health education topics are those related to reproduction including breast feeding, nutrition, vaccines and hygiene. All this information helps pregnant women stay healthy.

AIL emphasizes the importance of vaccinations to patients attending with illness or injury and especially pregnant women. The clinics also have vaccinators going out to villages and vaccines are provided by the  30 Community Health Workers at 15 health posts. AIL participates in vaccination campaigns run by the government such as for  polio. These vaccinations save lives especially those who are most vulnerable such as pregnant women and newborns. Afghanistan continues to have one of the world’s highest rates of maternal and infant mortality vaccines play a part in reducing these numbers.

"I am Sohaila and I have been working as a vaccinator for three years at Maladan. I do my best to improve my work. One of the important parts of my job is to make the people understand the value of vaccinating. One day I was talking  about the value  of vaccination  and I faced a woman who was from Ghore province bt now was living in Herat Province. She said, "I am 30 years old and it is about one year that I have come to Herat with my family. I know nothing about vaccination and I have not been vaccinated yet because I have not known about vaccination and what it is for. So tell me about it, if I need to be vaccinated ". So I welcomed her and I gave her complete information about vaccination and then I gave her a vaccination card  so she could get vaccines. I said it will absolutely decrease the rate of different maternal diseases. I am proud of being a vaccinator and that I am helping my people. When I work for my people I never become tired".

Thank you for your support.

Dear Friends, 

TODAY June 15TH -9:00am ET TO 11:59pm! 50% Matching funds available for donations made to AIL projects on GlobalGiving.org! Donations up to $1,000 per individual donor per organization may be matched while funds available. The money runs out fast- so donate now!

Are you a UK donor? GlobalGiving.co.uk has its own bonus day. Donations up to £1,000 per donor per organization may be matched 50% while funds last. Match starts 14:00:01 BST on June 15th and ends at 4:59:59 BST on June 16th.  

This year AIL’s health program has provided 79,048 patients with health treatment and 50,433 patients have participated in some form of health education. Many of the health topics covered are related to reproduction and this gives girls and women vital information.

AIL provides many avenues, other than at health clinics, for women and girls to get the sort of health information they need to stay healthy and look after themselves, especially their reproductive health.The AIL education program is going well and classes are being held at 43 Learning Centers (LCs) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including 15 rural centers around Herat.  So far this year,13,888 students (including 9,044 females) participated in Learning Center education. The students all learn about health, as health information is given regulary and sometimes workshops are held.  AIL also conducts in depth reproductive health trainings during the year and these will start soon and focus on reproductive health and there is a specialized Expectant Mother Workshop which aids pregnant women and their caregivers.

TODAY, your donation can go further!  Donate between 9:00am and 11:59pm and help AIL continue its valuable work providing education and healthcare to women and girls.

Dear Friends, 

Each year, thousands of Afghans attend AIL health education and hundreds benefit from in-depth reproductive health trainings.  So far in 2016, over 79,000 patients have received treatment through AIL clinics and over 50,000 people have participated in some form of health education (with over 5,000 of them being reproductive health patients).  When people are healthy and can take care of themselves, they are more empowered to learn, work and help their communities. 

AIL offers in-depth health workshops that will be starting up soon.  Hundreds of female patients attended these last year, learning about women’s health and reproductive matters. The topics are diverse and include nutrition, breast feeding, family planning, hygiene and environment sanitation, the importance of ante and post natal care and newborn and post partum care. 

The women that attend these workshops share what they learn with their husbands,families and friends spreading the benefits of knowledge widely across communities.  One young girl who participated in a Reproductive Health Workshop, shared this: “My name is Afsana and I am a student in school.  My mother gave birth to many children because she did not have knowledge about women’s issues.  She gave birth to a child every year and this caused many health problems for her and her children.  Some of my brothers and sisters haven’t grown that much because of malnutrition.  Today, I am going to transfer everything I learned to my mother so she can live more safely.  I thank AIL for giving us the chance to live safely and prevent too many births.  I am very happy that women can now participate in such programs and take care of themselves and are getting more information about these issues.  When I share what I learned with my mother at home, she is very happy that I am aware of these things before I get married.” 

Thank you for your continued support.

Dear Friends, 

Matching funds are available for donations made to all Creating Hope International and Afghan Institute of Learning projects on Global Giving. 

TODAY ONLY 9am ET to midnight March 16th! Donate anytime within these hours, up to $1,000 per individual donor per organization.

Here are links to our projects on Global Giving: CHI projects and AIL projects.

All donations are final.  The match is pro-rated so we will know the percentage of match at the end of the day, but everyone gets some matching funds from a pot of $75,000.

Special Alert!!  Two of our projects are eligible for 2 different matching funds  TODAY! 

Donations to these two projects get a 50% match under the Safer World Fund AND a  match on this March 16th Bonus Day!!  Check the SWF leaderboard! SWF allows matching by unique donors up to $1,500 per donor per project with project max of $15,000 in matching. 

1073 Save Rural Afghan Women and Children with Healthcare

1155 Fast Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls 

AIL has started the year 2016 with a full roster of education classes in many subjects as diverse as, literacy, English, carpet weaving, computers and physics. In the month of January, there were 9,682 students (6,132 female) in classes at 42 Learning Centers (LCs) in Afghanistan and 1 LC in Pakistan.  The health program has provided 19,226           patients with treatment and given health education to 11,854 people. Here is a story:

“My name is Somayeah and my twin sister is Masomah. We live in a poor family and we are both interested in learning, but we always missed the chance to study because people were laughing at us. Fortunately AIL’s teachers promoted self-confidence and self-esteem in us with great advice. Now we are happy and no longer ashamed. Our minds changed since attending AIL’s literacy and sewing classes. We also found out about the dignity of women in the community and we are proud to be twins. We also made very good educational decisions about our future.” 

Your donation will help AIL continue its valuable work providing education and healthcare, emergency relief and legal aid to poor Afghans. 

Thank you.

Dear Friends,

2015 was a successful year for the AIL Health Program with healthcare provided to 228,353 patients and health education to 141,813 participants. AIL has always combined its health care treatment with lessons in health education. It is vital to create change in behavior and new habits regarding health and cleanliness to stop the cycle of ill health and repeat infections that strain family life.

In 2015, AIL provided health education on a vast range of health topics including, nutrition, child spacing, immunization, breast feeding, hygiene, medicine usage, specific diseases as well as birth and pregnancy care. Many poor Afghan lack even rudimentary knowledge about sanitation, transmission of infection and what to do to have a safe birth. AIL wants to create a knowledge base which will be passed on to other family members so each visit or return visit by a family always involves reinforcement of health knowledge.

One of the participants at a reproductive health workshop said: “My cousin is pregnant and it is her first child. Till now she didn’t contact a doctor. When I learned about vaccines in this workshop I asked her if she had contact with a doctor and does she have any information about vaccines. She said:’ I didn’t contact any doctor and I didn’t do anything about vaccination.” Then I shared with her those things which I learned from this workshop and also I added that she must see a doctor once a month during pregnancy.”

Thank you for your support.


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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.afghaninstituteoflearning.org
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Dearborn, Michigan United States

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