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Need: Medical equipment; urgent need for portable ultrasound and digital x-ray machine in Afghanistan

With one of the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the world, Afghans are in desperate need of high-quality, culturally sensitive healthcare and health education programs that are accessible to women and children in the communities where they live. In response to these needs, the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) provides health education and services to over 260,000 Afghan women and children annually through its clinics, schools, and Women’s Learning Centers.

Basic health services are available including medical examinations, midwifery and nursing services, vaccinations, and health education about hygiene and the proper use of medicine. AIL has also begun training traditional birth attendants to assist women during birth.

One of the striking impacts of AIL’s work with Women’s Learning Centers is that this model of providing health and educational services to women has been successfully expanded to hard-to-reach rural areas in provincial Kabul and Heart at the request of those communities.

Please help us expand our health services to these often forgotten areas by donating or enabling us to purchase medical equipment, including an urgently needed portable ultrasound and digital x-ray machine.

Photo credit: © William Vazquez, Photographer. Maternal Health Initiative supported through a grant from the Abbott Fund.

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