Recently, AIL was asked by the Afghan Ministry of Women’s Affairs to report on the impact AIL’s programs have had. We were amazed by our findings. Since beginning in 1996 through May 2009, AIL has supported 13 clinics serving 998,088 patients and providing health education to 1,520,374 women and children. 220,970 Afghans have been educated and received skills training in AIL schools, centers and post-secondary programs. 27, 619 Afghans (more than 70% female) have received teacher training or capacity-building training. Overall 6,778,026 Afghan lives have been directly impacted by AIL programs.
Afghanistan has the third highest infant mortality rate in the world (151.95 deaths/1000 births or 15% or births). AIL is proud that the infant mortality rate in our clinics is about 2%. During the first 6 months of 2009 AIL helped to deliver 136 babies, of which 133 were happy and healthy.
We’d like to share the report of a healthy birth from one of the midwives with you. “A patient by the name of Qamar came with her family at 11:00 am to our clinic. They were shouting for us to save her child immediately. She was carried to the delivery room where we saw that she had been bleeding. We began an IV with medicine to help ease her pain. Fortunately, she delivered the baby successfully. We resuscitated the newborn, and the newborn’s heart and breathing became normal and eventually he began to feed. We spoke to the mother about breast feeding, as well as other topics related to caring for her baby including vaccination. At the end of the visit, the mother became stable and thanked us.”
We’d also like to share the story of a woman who delivered a baby boy at an AIL clinic. “My name is Noor and I am 45 years old and have 7 children. I did not want any more children, but my husband insisted. When I was pregnant with my 8th child, I visited the clinic and they told me that the child was breech and that there was more risk of having a child because of my age. So I was really worried, but Allah helped me and with the help of the doctors I successfully delivered a cute baby boy. I am very thankful to AIL and the clinic.”