Health education is critical for the health of a mother and baby before, during and after a birth. Afghanistan has one of the world’s highest infant and mother mortality rates. AIL is passionate about giving women the information they need to increase their chances of a successful birth.
In 2010 through June, AIL taught 13 Health and Reproductive Health workshops to 413 women.
At a recent Reproductive Health workshop, one woman shared the following: “All of the time my babies were premature and I didn’t take care about proper eating of food and vegetables and family planning. When I came here I learned how to take care of my babies. I believe AIL is like an experienced mother in our society who is here to get more information to the women of Afghanistan.”
Another participant said “In the period of Taliban we hadn’t have any clinic or any hospital in my village. All the pregnant women delivered their babies in their houses. This process was very dangerous for the women. Right now, we have a clinic in my district all the women. Women go to that clinic and solve their pregnancy problems. My thanks to AIL that support the clinic in my village.”
Most Afghan women deliver their babies at home. AIL has been encouraging women to come to clinics and hospitals when they can to deliver their babies. In the first six months of 2010, 163 babies have been successfully delivered in AIL clinics.