Providing quality reproductive health (RH) services for pregnant and lactating women

Country Afghanistan
Project Strengths Reproductive health services friendly to women
Implementing Partners United Medical Centers for Afghans/Rehabilitation Program for Afghanistan (UMCA/RPA)
Supporting Agencies Donations from individuals and corporations
Project Period Jan. 2012 –

Description of SRHR Needs

  • In Afghanistan, about 1 in 2 women give birth at home and maternal mortality ratio (MMR) is estimated at 396 deaths per 100,000 live births (The State of World Population 2016).

  • Health system strengthening continues to be a key factor to promote reproductive health of women in Afghanistan where lengthy civil wars had destroyed a number of health facilities and lack of female health personnel has been of great concern.

JOICFP’s Intervention

Goal To improve access to quality RH services and information for women
Target Area and Population 10 villages in the Zone 4 of Jalalabad city, Nangarhar province (population: 34,000)
Uniqueness in the Approach
  • A team of female health personnel providing RH services
  • Health education for pregnant women and lactating mothers on RH topics
  1. Providing RH services at Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Clinic
    Clinic staff made up mainly of female health personnel provide pregnant women, lactating mothers and newborns and children with the following services:

    • Primary Health Care service
    • Antenetal/postnatal checkup
    • Family Planning
    • Delivery
    • Vaccination for pregnant women, newborns and children

  3. RH health education program for pregnant women and lactating mothers
    Clinic staff practice group health education sessions to patients in a waiting room. The topics include antenatal/postnatal checkup, family planning, breast feeding, vaccination, and prevention of infectious disease, hygiene etc.
    Health education is also provided to school children at selected primary and secondary schools by the school teachers whom JOICFP and UMCA/RPA trained on health education topics.

Project Outcomes

  • In 2016, 25,300 women, including pregnant and lactating women, and children received primary health care and/or reproductive health services the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Clinic supported by JOICFP. Health education on RH topics has also been provided to 19,200 women who visited the clinic.
  • In 2016, 442 teachers of 13 schools were trained as a health educator and provided 22,850 students with health education sessions on topics such as hygiene, prevention of diarrhea and infectious diseases.