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