AWEP’s healthcare team during a MCH (maternal and child health) care education session.

Healthcare

Lack of healthcare is another area where Afghan women are among the worst off in the world. With an unacceptable maternal mortality rate of 327 deaths per 100,000 live births,1 although much improved since the 2002 estimate of 1600 deaths per 100,000 live births,2 Afghanistan is considered the world’s most dangerous country in which to be born a woman.3 In addition, traditions in Afghanistan create barriers for women to access normal health care centers because they have limited mobility and their choice of doctor is restricted to female doctors only as treatment of women by male doctors is largely unacceptable in Afghan society.

Afghanistan is among worst places on globe for women’s healthUNICEF and CDC

AWEP is dedicated to improving the situation by delivering care, interventions and referrals that saves precious lives particularly in poor rural areas of Afghanistan where they are needed the most. AWEP is working hard to ensure every Afghan woman and child has access to healthcare by providing mobile health clinics that are tasked to:

  • Increase general health awareness on immunization, hygiene and maternal and child health.

  • Provide family planning counseling.

  • Carry out vaccinations.

  • Screen for malnutrition and give nutritional advice.

  • Provide basic medical treatment.

  • Provide referrals to local clinics.

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