Global Work – Afghanistan

December 1, 2017

Our cornerstone project, opened in 2009, includes a 100-bed hospital and ten community clinics.

At AMOR, our mission is to improve the health status of the communities we serve. We are a community based non-profit that strives to ensure equality. We build alliances with other organizations working in areas of concentrated poverty to create a safety-net of medical, social and youth development resources, tailored to the specific needs of each community that we serve.

Problem: 


Giving Birth Risks – According to the World Health Organization, a woman’s lifetime risk of dying during pregnancy or while giving birth is 1 in 3700 in developed countries, versus 1 in 160 in developing countries.

In Afghanistan the maternal mortality rate is among the worst in the world.  Here women die as a result of complications during and following pregnancy and childbirth because about 80% of women deliver in non-medical settings with no trained medical professionals to assist with the birth.  Living in the rural countryside, economic challenges and cultural discriminatory practices make it difficult and dangerous for women to travel to a hospital where life-saving services are routinely performed.

Child Survival – The lack of adequate resources and education for basic sanitation, prevention of illness and life sustaining nutrition contributes to one in ten Afghan children not surviving to celebrate their fifth birthday.

Women’s Rights – In a country with unstable employment and substandard working conditions, the average yearly income is $680 and women are often not welcome in the workplace or in school.

A Community Solution


 

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Health Care – Through AMOR’s Afshar Hospital, women are provided a clean and safe hospital environment staffed with OB-GYN specialists as well as ultrasounds, pre/postnatal care, and pregnancy clinics. AMOR also administers vaccinations, vitamins and micro-nutrient meal packs to help prevent unnecessary sickness and malnourished children. In 2016, 1,537 babies were delivered at Afshar Hospital and a total of 65,163 patients were treated. Thousands of mothers, fathers, sons and daughters who have access to healthcare.

Health Education – UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman says “Educating girls is pivotal to improving maternal and neonatal health and also benefits families and societies.”

Education for girls and women are the back bone of AMOR’s model of care. Girls and women that receive care and education through AMOR’s hospital, clinics, and health lessons, survive at a much higher rate than the rest of the population. Each day, 100 girls and women in our clinics learn the benefits of family planning, waiting to marry, seeking care by skilled professionals, and pre and postnatal care. In addition, we offer contraceptives.  Through out the month, AMOR’s health educator gives monthly lessons on health and the importance of remaining in school.

We provide our patients with health education for recovery and preventive care. Through our outreach we also have been able to increase diabetes awareness and health screenings throughout the country, so that early detection and intervention will prevent life altering complications and death.

In addition, our cornerstone project at Afshar Hospital, the physicians, nurses and midwives are constantly improving their medical knowledge through monthly classes on health and safety practices.

Opportunities – AMOR creates reliable income opportunities for all 155 Afghan employees, regardless of gender, tribe or religion, at Afshar Hospital and our ten clinics.

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