By Toc Dunlap - Executive Director, Creating Hope International
As part of AIL’s ongoing goal of providing Health Care and Health Education to the Afghan people, they have conducted many workshops already this year. Three Expectant Mother workshops have been held, and all of the pregnant women that attended these workshops will be followed and monitored throughout their pregnancy and for several months after the birth of their child. The results of these workshops are promising. From the final numbers in 2011, there was only one stillborn out of the 37 deliveries, and 1 complication - at a rate of 2.7% compared to the national average of 5.2% according to the Afghan government. There were no maternal deaths compared to the national rate of 1.4% (UNICEF).
In addition, AIL has held two reproductive health workshops and sixty women attended. These women were both housewives and professionals, including 18 teachers who will then be able to pass on the information that they learned.
We know that AIL has many more workshops planned for 2012 in addition to their continuous health education sessions held every day in their clinics.
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