Winterization Aid in Kabul

Winterization aid in Kabul

January 2018

Action for Development was able to provide emergency winterization aid to around 40 families in Kabul last week.

Because of the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, a lot of families are forced to flee their homes in the different provinces and many of them end up in camps in and around Kabul. Unfortunately the suffering does not stop for the families once they arrive in those camps, since most of them live in poverty and they lack even the most basic necessities. Especially the cold winter months are extremely harsh.

For this reason AfD decided to support these families by providing an emergency winterization aid. On Friday, 19th of January, AfD’s mobile health team from the Comprehensive Health Clinic visited an internally displaced people’s camp in Kabul, Afghanistan.

he team delivered sacks of coal so that the families can heat up their tents during these cold winter months. They also provided basic health checks to around 40 families and distributed medicine whenever this was necessary. A lot of the patients were suffering from respiratory diseases. Those who were in serious conditions were referred to hospitals and other health facilities for better treatment. A majority of them were either children suffering from severe malnutrition or pregnant women who were referred for antenatal care.

We want to thank our mobile health team for their excellent work!

New Country Director in Afghanistan

New Country Director in Afghanistan

May 2018

Action for Development would like to introduce its new Country Director in Afghanistan, Mr. Ismail Qarizada, who will manage the country office in Kabul, foster external partnerships, and oversee projects implementation.

Mr. Qarizada brings extensive experience in Project Management, having served many development organisations including the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), various United Nations organisations including UNOPS and the World Food Program (WFP), Afghanaid, as well as the government of Afghanistan.

“It is a real pleasure and privilege to be part of a highly committed, diligent and dynamic team at Action for Development”, Mr. Qarizada said. “I take genuine pride to be able to assist the neediest people in Afghanistan and contribute to relief, rehabilitation and sustainable development in the country”.

He further noted that he would take into account the current prevailing socio-economic and political context in AfD’s country strategy. Most importantly, he vowed to integrate gender and conflict sensitive aspects into program management. Mr. Qarizada sees full potential in AfD’s development strategy and expressed his believe that it can have a reasonable impact on Afghanistan. “The projects implemented by AfD shall serve as a role-model to be replicated by other NGOs – showcasing best practices in sustainability”.

AfD expresses its warmest welcome to him and looks forward to driving the organisation’s vision forward with his leadership in its Afghanistan office.

UEFA Foundation on the pitch with Action for Development

UEFA Foundation on the pitch with Action for Development

March 2018

Action for Development’s School for Street Children will be subject to a significant expansion thanks to a new partnership with the UEFA Foundation for children, signed on 22 February 2018.

The UEFA Foundation agreed to support AfD for a one-year period with the aim to increase the student body from today’s 59 to a total of 150 children by the end of this year. We are very excited and grateful for this new opportunity to bring even more children away from the streets into our classrooms.

The core of the new partnership is also built around the idea of giving children a chance to play football as part of their physical education and development at the school. It not only benefits their health, but also allows them to have fun and acquire team-building skills in a playful manner.

Both boys and girls are to benefit from the football program and form respective teams, while Action for Development will start its quest for a suitable football field and a potential sports teacher. As street children have little time on their hands due to their work, AfD will also make sure that transport is provided, should the football field be further away.

We are very excited to have the UEFA Foundation on board with us. AfD is already looking for new classrooms so potential new children can join our school. Through this project, the street children are given back their childhood, while education gives them a chance to secure a better future for themselves and their families.

The UEFA foundation was established in April 2015 and aims to help underprivileged children through sports and football in particular, which in their own words “can provide support in the areas of health and children’s education, as well as promoting access to sporting activity, facilitating children’s personal development and fostering the integration of minorities.”

New Partnership with IRD

New Partnership with IRD

March 2018

We are happy to announce that Action for Development signed a new partnership with IRD (Interactive Research & Development) in March 2018.

IRD was founded in Karachi, Pakistan and is a research and health delivery organization that works in over 15 countries. Its goal is to address global health delivery gaps through innovation and research in order to improve the well being of vulnerable communities.

The goal of the partnership between AfD and IRD is to set up a Tuberculosis program for Afghan refugees who are returning to their home country from Pakistan and Iran. According to the WHO, around 61’000 Afghans are infected annually with Tuberculosis and around 12’000 people die each year from the disease. Among those most at risk are refugees and internally displaced persons (WHO, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, 2017). Overcrowded refugee camps, the refugees’ mobility and a lack of treatment facilities have led to an increase in transmission of the disease. When refugees do receive treatment, they often leave the treatment midway, which results in the deterioration of the disease and as a consequence leads to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). This type of tuberculosis is more difficult and more expensive to cure.

The aim of the joint program is to identify Tuberculosis patients among the returning refugees at the border along the migration route, screen these patients and then refer them to the appropriate health facilities for treatment. Referring the patients to an appropriate health facility is of crucial importance to combat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), since the facility will make sure that the person receives the proper treatment for the appropriate period of time. The idea of the program is also to provide medicine for MDR-TB, since multidrug-resistant tuberculosis has become a serious threat in Afghanistan in the last couple of years.

We are looking forward to working with IRD in close collaboration and to seeing where this journey takes us.