A tale of beauty and tradition, poverty and injustice
At the crossroads of Asia, Afghanistan is a country rich in natural beauty and a cultural heritage dating back thousand of years. Situated on the traditional trade routes connecting the great empires of the world, it was an ancient place of exchange.
Unfortunately, decades of war left the country shattered. With the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, a group of Afghan professionals founded Action for Development, engaging with local populations to rebuild civil society and give communities a chance at a brighter future.
Since 2001, Afghanistan has made tremendous leaps forward. Child mortality has fallen from 25% to 10%, a majority of Afghans have access to healthcare and girls and women can now attend school and work. However, much remains necessary to ensure peace and prosperity to the nation.
55% of Afghans live under the national poverty line (35%) or are vulnerable to fall under this line (20%)
Preventable Maternal Mortality
83 % of maternal mortality could be avoided through heathcare and medical training
83 % of women aged 15 or more do not possess basic literacy skills
63% of Afghans living in urban areas live in slums housing
School for children with disabilities
The school, specifically designed to help children cope with their disabilities, daily provides basic education, food and transportation to 400 blind, deaf and/or speech impaired boys and girls of Kabul.
Comprehensive Health Center
Inaugurated in 2013, AfD’s health center in rural Kabul serves approximately 1000 patients monthly. The CHC offers affordable treatment for poor patients and has opened a training section for healthcare professionals.
Doctors’ training – Reproductive health
25 health care professionals working on the field in Afghanistan were brought to Geneva for additional training on reproductive health. Health care professionals in Afghanistan face a great lack of training in reproductive health due to the Taliban rule.
Back to School for Street Children
10% of Afghan children are forced to peddle to support themselves and their families. AfD is implementing a semi-formal school program adapted to their reality to give them access to a basic education.
AfD is a contributing member of UNICEF’s WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) initiative, providing sanitation facilities, clean water systems and hygiene education.
Following landslides that killed thousands in the province of Badakhshan, AfD has distributed water filters, heaters and wood. This assistance will greatly improve families chances of surviving the harsh winter and avoiding diseases.
211 midwives and 31 midwife trainers have improved their capacity in 4 provinces since 2014. Another 120 midwives are expected to graduate from the program in the province of Bamiyan in 2016.
AfD uses its consultative status from the ECOSOC to advocate for the rights of Afghanistan’s most vulnerable. We do this by planning awareness-raising events at the United Nations Geneva headquarters and by advising those drafting UN resolutions.
AfD’s annual midwifery training program is underway, with the first phase completed on September 7. During this phase, 10 midwives from the region of Bamyan took part in a capacity enhancement and master training program. These professionals will now return to their rural health facilities, where they will transmit their newly acquired knowledge to one[…]
Visits to AfD’s Comprehensive Health Center have increased by 35% over the last few months, according to the center’s management staff. This can be explained by the shipment of Swiss pharmaceuticals to the center in June. Afghanistan faces shortages of high-quality medication; patients often rely on more readily available but less reliable treatments. AfD will[…]
AfD was an active organizer of Empower’s School of Health Training Program, that took place in Geneva from June 20th to 24th. The program focussed on promoting access to medicines and addressed procurement, quality, regulation and market shaping in the area of international aid.
On June 16th, AfD’s first shipment of medicine donated from Swiss pharmaceutical companies was delivered to the Comprehensive Health Center in Kabul. The shipment comprised approximately 4,800 boxes of medication, mainly antibiotics, cardiovascular drugs, oral contraceptives and antidepressants, and will benefit 4,300 patients over the coming six months. The shipment was made possible thanks to generous donations[…]