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Afghanistan

Since 2002, we have worked in these technical areas:

Family Planning and Reproductive Health

Innovations

Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

Gender

Digital Health

Our impact

  • Jhpiego rebuilt the national midwifery education system, leading to the launch of 27 midwifery schools—a nearly four-fold increase. The re-invigorated midwifery education system led to the graduation of more than 3,000 new midwives.
  • As a result, the percentage of health care facilities with a trained midwife increased from under 5% in 2002 to over 85% in 2012, making lifesaving maternal health services available to many more women.
  • Jhpiego successfully advocated for the inclusion of contraceptive implants in Afghanistan’s essential drug list, resulting in expanded access and contraceptive choice.
  • Jhpiego introduced community health worker distribution of a lifesaving medicine to prevent severe bleeding after birth in women delivering at home, subsequently approved by the Ministry of Public Health.

Current programs


  • Helping Mothers and Children Thrive Project

    Through a five-year project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development—called the Helping Mothers and Children Thrive (HEMAYAT) project—Jhpiego is improving access to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services for women and their families at both the community and facility levels. HEMAYAT has trained providers across the country in a variety of high-impact interventions in family planning and maternal, newborn and child health, often training lower-level cadres following successful advocacy efforts for task shifting. Complementary efforts aimed at improving the quality of services are underway in 23 of 34 provinces and cover approximately 60% of the population. HEMAYAT is working to ensure sustainability of the project by working hand in hand with the Ministry of Public Health to build its managerial and leadership capacity to foster local stewardship.

  • National Maternal and Newborn Health Quality of Care Assessment

    With funding from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Jhpiego is implementing a two-year project to conduct and disseminate a national assessment of the quality of maternal and newborn health care in Afghanistan. The assessment was designed to inform policy and programming, as well as serve as a baseline for efforts by the Ministry of Public Health and its partners to improve the quality of maternal and newborn health care. Among other preliminary findings, the assessment of 246 health care facilities showed a need for improvements in essential newborn care provided immediately after birth, as well as a need for improvements in provision of respectful maternity care and communication.

Current programs

Helping Mothers and Children Thrive Project

Through a five-year project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development—called the Helping Mothers and Children Thrive (HEMAYAT) project—Jhpiego is improving access to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services for women and their families at both the community and facility levels. HEMAYAT has trained providers across the country in a variety of high-impact interventions in family planning and maternal, newborn and child health, often training lower-level cadres following successful advocacy efforts for task shifting. Complementary efforts aimed at improving the quality of services are underway in 23 of 34 provinces and cover approximately 60% of the population. HEMAYAT is working to ensure sustainability of the project by working hand in hand with the Ministry of Public Health to build its managerial and leadership capacity to foster local stewardship.

National Maternal and Newborn Health Quality of Care Assessment

With funding from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Jhpiego is implementing a two-year project to conduct and disseminate a national assessment of the quality of maternal and newborn health care in Afghanistan. The assessment was designed to inform policy and programming, as well as serve as a baseline for efforts by the Ministry of Public Health and its partners to improve the quality of maternal and newborn health care. Among other preliminary findings, the assessment of 246 health care facilities showed a need for improvements in essential newborn care provided immediately after birth, as well as a need for improvements in provision of respectful maternity care and communication.

Current and recent donors


Arnow Family Fund
UNICEF
USAID

Afghanistan-related technical and programmatic resources

Our resources

Country contact

George Sanad Hanna. Country Director
Tel. 93 (0) 799.87.86.91
Kabul, Afghanistan