Afghanistan is a country rich in natural beauty and millenial history. At the crossroads of the commercial roads connecting ancient empires, it was a hub of economic and cultural exchanges.
Unfortunately, the country has been devastated by decades of war. After the fall of the Taliban in 2001, a group of Afghan professionals founded Action for Development to assist local populations in the reconstruction of civil society and to allow communities to achieve a brighter future.
Since 2001, Afghanistan has made remarkable achievements. Infant mortality has fallen from 25% to 10%, a majority of Afghans now has access to healthcare and women and girls can work and study. However, much work remains to be done in order to insure peace and prosperity to the country.
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 healthcare and medical training
83% of women aged 15 or more do not have basic literacy skills
63% of afghans from urban areas live in slums
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.
Why did you decide to work for AfD’s school for street children? There is a proverb which says ‘if you see someone fallen, take his hand and help him stand’. In Afghanistan there are many children who are on the streets all day, so they need help and guidance. When I see them working on[…]
With our new partnership with the Global Nutrition Cluster, AfD is taking its first steps towards scaling up nutrition in our health programs. The new report by AfD’s Public Health Nutritionist Alison Farnham, presents the current situation regarding the nutritional assessment of children under 5 years old at the Shahid Abdul Razaq Comprehensive Health Centre[…]
The Quarterly Report of our School for Street Children in Kabul is out! With a bigger classroom and more school equipment, the number of children attending our school doubled to 42 between July and September 2017. In our classes, the children are taught basic skills through playful means, while their basic needs are accommodated in[…]
AfD conducted the first round of its midwives capacity building programme in Panjsher province in November 2017. Twenty midwives from different districts of the province were brought together to the center of Panjsher where they could enhance their knowledge on specific pregnancy and birth-related issues, for instance Eclampsia, Pre-eclampsia, managing third-stage labour, and newborn care.[…]
It is with great pleasure that we would like to invite you to our “traditional” Christmas Fundraising Sale on Tuesday, November 28th 2017. The sale takes place from 9am to 6pm in the lobby of the Geneva Ecumenical Center located at Route de Ferney 150 in Geneva. The end of the year is rapidly approaching and[…]
AfD participated for the first time in the annual Communities’ Fair of the International School of Geneva on 18 October 2017. The International school of Geneva encourages its students to engage in various activities, including charitable causes as part of the curriculum. Every year, the school holds a Communities’ Fair, where student groups, companies, organizations[…]
We are happy to announce that Action for Development signed a new partnership with the Global Nutrition Cluster in October 2017. International humanitarian response is coordinated by a system that is comprised of individual groups categorized by areas of responsibility, known as “clusters”. The Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) is headed by UNICEF and aims to safeguard[…]
Empower School of Health is organising a new workshop on Global Health Procurement and Supply Chain in Conflict and Fragile States. The workshop will take place in Dubai between the 20th and 23rd November 2017. If you are interested, apply now! For more information on the training program or any other inquiry, please do not hesitate[…]
Afghanistan has been devastated by decades of war. While the country is on the road to recovery since the fall of the Taliban, women and children continue to bear the brunt. Maternal mortality is among the highest in the world, as unattended births and lack of care pose a high risk for mothers and their[…]
AfD participated in the Workshop on Promoting Access to Medicines by Empower School of Health, which was held in Geneva from 24 to 28 July 2017. In-between sessions, AfD volunteer Ann Parakkal recounted to us about her experience at the Workshop: “It is a great opportunity to be part of this workshop because not only is[…]