First baby born at AfD's Health Center
The first baby was born in AfD's Health Center, thanks to midwife Sediqa. Sediqa took part of AfD's midwifery training program in 2015. The program helps empower women through education and professionnal training and reduces infant and maternal mortality and complications. Read more about Sediqa' success story.
The University of Genève School of Midwifery evaluated the needs of Afghan midwives to develop training manuals and videos for midwive's continuing education. These addressed 12 knowledge-gaps, 7 of which were critical. The teaching materials were translated to Dahri. A “master trainer” was then brought to Geneva and trained. On returning to Afghanistan, she trained ten other master trainers, who in turn went to the the clinics and provinces to train other midwives. Training sessions are 10 days and cost ~500 CHF / midwife.
The Top of the World is preparing for winter
The 2014 landslide in Badakhshan, the most mountainous region in Afghanistan, created many victims. After distributing 110 gravity water filters for families in the villages of Abe Barik and Qaladara, we have established another project to help victims of this disaster in a different district. Read more…
Street Children Back to School Program
Education is the first step to empowerment and self-reliance. Help us develop our Back to School for Street Children project by donating!
AfD has been implementing a semi-formal programme to provide assistance to street children in Kabul City through a team of volunteer staff with partnership of three local schools. Our staff in Geneva is now securing funds to enhance this ongoing project, namely "Street Children Back to School". The pilot project will improve access of street children to health system, through an immediate check at the Comprehensive Health Services Center (CHSC) established in Kabul by AfD. Street workers will offer a first contact for street children with caring adults, thus representing the entry point for other services. Educators will then provide access to Dari and Pashto literacy class, Numeracy and English class.
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.
AfD took part in the Graduate Institute of Geneva's Connexion Days on March 16th to 18th, 2016, in an effort to reach out to other organizations and individuals within Geneva's non-profit community. Read more
SIDE EVENT - HUMAN RIGHTS BASED APPROACHES TO ELIMINATING PREVENTABLE MATERNAL MORTALITY AND MORBIDITY: IMPLEMENTATION IN PRACTICE
25 September 2015, Palais des Nations, Geneva – AfD 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 AfD 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 AfD in the nearest future.