Hundreds feared dead in Afghan earthquake
More than 1,500 people are feared dead and 4,000 injured after a series of earthquakes struck northern Afghanistan on Monday night and Tuesday, government officials said. Read More
Action for Development (AFD) receives emergency relief funds from Ville de Genève.
Action for Development (AFD) has received 5000 CHF from Ville de Genève to provide emergency relief to people suffering from avalanche in Panjshir province, Afghanistan. Panjshir province was hit by heavy snowfall in February. This amount will be used only for the purpose of Avalanche project at the community level, and no expenses will be incurred for direct administration costs.
Canton de Genève Service de la Solidarité funds Action for Development (AFD) project.
Action for Development (AFD) receives funds from Canton de Genève Service de la Solidarité for our midwifery training project in Kapisa, Parwan and Kabul. Read More
Afghanistan's Panjshir valley hit by fresh avalanches
Huge new avalanches have hit Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley, closing off areas that were already difficult to reach, the provincial governor says. Read More
100 water filters sent to Badakshan province in response to landslide
Action for Development (AFD) has responded to the disastrous landslide that happened last May by helping the relocated families get access to clean water. Read More
FUNDRAISING FOR DISABLED CHILDREN
One of our ongoing activities is to raise funds for our projects. Our discussions and networking with the International School of Geneva (at Campus des Nations), give us the opportunity to involve interested, young students to learn about poverty, children's rights abuses and the hard life that majority of children face in Afghanistan.
As a subject of interest during Social Affairs session, students chose to support education to disabled children in Afghanistan. The girls from the 7th Grade of this school worked through a joint effort developing a small fundraising project which they executed through selling hand-made cards and running bake sales. Through this approach they were able to collect a sum of 243 CHF which they donated to the Afghan School for the Disabled. A questionnaire, which was developed and circulated by one of the students upon completion of the project, illustrates the great will of doing something good and towards the benefit of education for children. The majority of the students who participated in the survey replied that they were motivated to be involved in the campaign because the collected money was to go for a good reason and support children with disabilities. With this action they wanted to show that they are against poverty and they hope that a long lasting peace will brighten the future of the children in Afghanistan.
SIDE EVENT - HUMAN RIGHTS BASED APPROACHES TO ELIMINATING PREVENTABLE MATERNAL MORTALITY AND MORBIDITY: IMPLEMENTATION IN PRACTICE
25 September 2015, Palais des Nations, Geneva – BDN Global held its side event entitled Human Rights-based Approaches to Eliminating Preventable Maternal Mortality and Morbidity: Implementation in Practice, co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Colombia and New Zealand, UNFPA and WHO. Among the speakers were Azizullah Omar (Chargé d’Affaires, Permanent Mission of Afghanistan), Myriam Poussi (Legal Councellor, Permanent Mission of Burkina Faso), Dr Doris Chou (Medical Officer, World Health Organization), Dr Luc de Bernis (Senior Maternal Health Advisor, United Nations Population Fund), Michelle Pichon (Professor and Head of Midwifery, Haute Ecole de Santé in Geneva) and Pashtoon Azfar Zyaee (Technical Midwife Advisor, International Confederation of Midwives). At a panel moderated by Dr Najia Musolino (Chair of Board of directors of BDN Global Suisse), event speakers presented up-to-date issues related to maternity/newborn mortality and highlighted the importance of qualified midwifery services while solving the problem. Mr Azizullah Omar shared Afghan experience in improving maternal health, nevertheless, pointed out the need of further activities as maternal and newborn mortality rates in Afghanistan are still the highest in the world. Mrs. Myriam Poussi informed that Burkina Faso also has a high maternal and child mortality rates. She spoke on reasons of the health system deficiency in this African country and its consequences for population. According to Dr Doris Chou, the issue of maternal health is important task of WHO strategies, which are created to ensure availability, accessibility and acceptability of high-quality sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn health care for all who need it. Dr. Luc de Bernis highlighted that women are dying because their lives are not valuable enough in societies. Therefore, the deaths of women and children have to be understood as a human rights issue. Mrs. Michelle Pichon informed about the Haute Ecole de Santé Genève (HEdS) experience in cooperation with developing countries in the field of midwives trainings. The health of pregnant women and their newborns are usually physical, psychological and social and economic risks. Therefore, in order to prevent these risks, the HEdS developed a model providing ethical care increasing autonomy, justice, and emotional and physical security. According to Mrs. Pashtoon Azfar Zyaee, midwives are the backbone of maternal health, when they are regulated, trained, skilled, well-resourced and supported, they are an extremely important resource to guarantee quality health services. Therefore in 2005, the International Confederation of Midwives decided to start the professionalization of the midwifery through the creation of the Afghan Midwives Association and introduction of the Midwifery Education Programme. All presentations met the interest of numerous event participants and stimulated an active discussion. A follow-up meeting was productive of new ideas and projects in order to eliminate preventable maternal mortality and morbidity in Afghanistan. The new projects are going to be developed by BDN Global in the nearest future.