Global – Afghanistan

July 15, 2015

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

The 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


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 2015, 1,701 babies were delivered at Afshar Hospital.

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.  In 2015, AMOR’s health educator gave monthly lessons on health and the importance of remaining in school to 1,800 girls in two schools.

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

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