Light in Afghanistan 

LIGHT IN AFGHANISTAN NOW:
A UK/AFGHAN PROJECT IMPROVING MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH

Smiing child in patterned scarf and pink dress by an outside water tap in a grey, stony environment.

As Amnesty York’s contribution to Women’s Day Week, Masood from HealthProm, a UK NGO, spoke of their mother and child health project in Afghanistan in Kaldar along the northern river border with Uzbekistan, which has continued alongside Covid and the arrival of a Taliban government. Maternal mortality there was very high, but working alongside local health teams, with the provision of medicines, and engaging both men and women in the work, the situation is improving.  Medical input is bolstered by reducing poverty and malnutrition through agricultural projects which in turn offer employment.  With a grant from the British and Foreign Schools Society, HealthProm has started a girls’ education project, renovating two schools destroyed during the previous Taliban government; 300 girls will have education over 3 years, but more funds are needed to extend this. It was so encouraging to hear that girls’ education is going ahead in this project under the current Taliban administration.

For further information and to donate to HealthProm’s work:  healthprom.org