While significant strides have been made over the last two decades in restructuring Afghanistan’s health system, Afghanistan remains off course in meeting it’s global health targets (SDGs). In 2013, AfD set up a CHC in Kabul. It is the first port of call for 60,000 people and used by around 2,000 patients every month.
Nearly four decades of war in Afghanistan has led to socioeconomic strife on a nationwide scale. Extreme poverty and instability have caused an increase in child labor in the country. Many families are thus forced to employ their children to earn extra money to survive. According to UNICEF, child labor affects around 25% of afghan children from age five to fourteen. (Afghanistan Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2010 – 2011: Final Report). These children do not have the opportunity to attend formal schools.
Afghan children face hardship on many levels, but disabled children are confronted with additional barriers, such as social stigma and isolation from the community. It is believed that 1 in 20 Afghan children today live with disabilities, either congenital or as a consequence of the ongoing war. The continuing conflict and displacement of populations make it difficult to plan and provide specialized rehabilitation and education services for the disabled.
Afghanistan is recognized as a “high priority country” by the Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) for tackling malnutrition.
Action for Development’s (AfD) has focused on finding solutions to Afghanistan’s healthcare crisis since its very beginning. One of the main issues that the country faces is a lack of an efficient reproductive health education.