According to 2017 data, some 35 per cent of Afghan women aged 20 to 24 reported they were married while still children. On International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October, we need to amplify the voices and rights of girls everywhere. The theme for this year, “My voice, our equal future”, reimagines a better world inspired and led by adolescent girls, as part of the global #GenerationEquality movement. Girls worldwide are demanding a life free from gender-based violence, access to health, skills, recognition and investment as leaders of social change.
Alleviating malnutrition takes collaboration. AfD has partnered with Vitamin Angels and it has been awarded a grant of life-saving vitamins in order to improve our existing efforts in providing health services for marginalized communities in Afghanistan. AfD will be responsible for dispensing vitamins one meaningful dose at a time.
The September newsletter covers the period of summer 2020. AfD's programs in health and education have re-opened after the lockdown imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. We have provided support to the children attending our schools throughout the summer with distribution of clothes and food items. We have launched a new campaign in support of the midwifery training program. We have continued advocating for improved nutrition in Afghanistan through the SUN Movement and have just launched a new capacity-building program for community health workers. Click on the link to our newsletter to learn more about our programs, activities and the main international events of the last 3 months!
The COVID-19 pandemic has particularly impacted women and children’s health, putting many at severe risk of malnutrition. In order to help improve uptake of services for malnutrition at community level, Action for Development is in the process of launching a new project specifically designed to provide quality training to Community Health Workers (CHWs) in the Family MUAC approach.
Asma is a young student at AfD's school for street-working children in Kabul. The education program, launched in 2016, hosts boys and girls aged 5 to 15, providing basic literacy and numeracy skills. After the lockdown imposed by the global health emergency, AfD's schools were able to re-open in June 2020. Asma told us what it meant for her to be forced out of school.