Afghanistan Medical Center
Health for Women and Children in Afghanistan
COVID-19 severely negatively impacted the health infrastructure in Afghanistan. Decades of health and medical progress were lost due to the pandemic.
Unfortunately, the declining situation affects infants, children, and women who are at high risk of illness and disease. Furthermore,Afghanistan is prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes, sandstorms, and severe drought, which bring additional obstacles to overcome. In fact, Afghanistan is currently experiencing a severe drought affecting crops and livestock, leading to acute food insecurity for 19 million people.
Overall, Afghanistan ranks 180 out of 191 on the Human Development Index, leaving tremendous room for medical and health improvements within the country.
We are addressing the current health situation in Afghanistan by starting in communities and connecting with people with the Medical Clinic and Mobile Medical Unit we support for 100% free.
THE MEDICAL CLINIC
The Medical Clinic is located in Kabul, Afghanistan. This clinic offers services in the areas of pediatrics, gynecology, and general internal medicine.
- Approximately 70–90 people visit the Medical Clinic daily, mostly children and women.
- Pediatrics and gynecological services can be scarce to find in Kabul, making this medical clinic a safe haven for those seeking specific medical treatment or attention.
- Pneumonia is most commonly found among children
- Women mostly visit the clinic for prenatal medical care.
THE MOBILE UNIT
The Mobile Medical Unit is a group of doctors located in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan.
- These doctors travel to towns and villages up to 7.5 miles outside of the city.
- It is extremely difficult for people in the communities outside of Mazar-i-Sharif to access health and medical services because the nearest medical center can be miles away. Moreover, the roads to get there are often unpaved or uneven, making the journey dangerous and time-consuming.
- These preventative and intervention measures, helps the doctors identify illnesses, diseases, and even pregnancies at the earliest stages.
- The Mobile Unit travels to villages 6 times per week and serves approximately 120 people per trip, of which 85% are women.