Commitment to Action

Improving Maternal and Child Health in Afghanistan

Commitment by

Direct Relief International, Abbott Fund, Abbott

In 2008, the Abbott Fund and Direct Relief International committed to supporting a leading Afghan women-run organization, the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), in its efforts to improve the health and lives of women and children. The partners pledged to support AIL's Nurse/Midwife/Health Educator course to train 25 promising and driven Afghan women in Herat Province. It also planned to fund 10 five-day workshops for an estimated 300 women; providing women with basic information about mothers' health and nutrition, cleanliness practices, on deliveries, basic facts about babies and mothers, and information on breastfeeding.
At last reporting in 2011, AIL has treated 94,793 new female patients and given health services to 22,271 patients. Additionally, the program has provided health education to 126,939 patients and conducted 2 expectant mother and caregiver workshops, reaching 40 participants.

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Overview
Summary

Commitment

Improving Maternal and Child Health in Afghanistan

Launched

2008

Est. Duration

2 Years

Estimated Total Value

$2,500,000

Region

Asia

Countries

AFGHANISTAN

Commitment by

Direct Relief International, Abbott Fund, Abbott

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Kurt Ebenhoch, Afghan Institute Of Learning (Ail)