August 1st, 2017 - Kabul
"I'm very pleased to announce the re-opening of all clinics as well as Swedish Committee for Afghanistan’s Health Management Office in Laghman province, that had been closed. SCA's mission in Laghman is to provide quality health service to all, and now we can fulfill our mission again," says Madeleine Jufors, SCA Country Director in Afghanistan.
The overall purpose of the research is to achieve an in-depth understanding of different notions of being a man in Afghanistan and how they contribute to gender inequality. This report is the result of a collaborative research project by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) and the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) that is designed to inform both policy and practice in how to address gender inequalities vis-à-vis notions of masculinities in Afghanistan.
Soon the girls will move into a new and beautiful school. There the classroom will not be overcrowded and the classes smaller. There will no longer be held lessons in a tent. In other words, a good environment for studying.
We are in the district Warsaj, south of the city of Taloqan. A valley that looks like a small paradise; a river that rushes along between high sometimes snow-capped mountains. Nature is rich, while the majority of those who live here must work hard to cope with everyday life.
“I would request those who are working in the field of education specially, teachers to strive and support education, so that we can tackle challenges successfully,” says Muqadas, a Community Based School (CBS) teacher in Badakhshan.
Muqadas is working as Community Based School teacher of Mardarah School in Kishim district of Badakhshan. Muqadas joined Swedish Committee for Afghanistan’s (SCA) CBS in 2006, and since last two years she is working as head of teachers in this school.
Swedish Committee for Afghanistan trained 121 persons with disabilities including 50 females in several vocational courses in Ghazni, Logar and Maidan Wardak provinces. Funded by the SCA with nearly seven million Afs, the vocational courses included tailoring, carpentry and furniture making.
The graduates upon completion of nine-month long training were awarded certificates along with kits and financial support in launching their own businesses.
Swedish Committee for Afghanistan has finalized the selection process of candidates for the upcoming training of the Community Health Nursing Education (CHNE) and Community Midwifery Education (CME) in the northern Samangan province. A number of 24 females will be educated in the two years training as CME midwives and 24 others as CHNE nurses, in order to cover the lack of female health staff in different districts and villages of the province.
To empower rural communities in making a secure means of living that provides resilience against shocks and emergencies, Swedish Committee for Afghanistan has conducted soft skills and vocational trainings for members of Village Saving and Loan Associations in Dehdadi District of Balkh. The livelihood pilot project has been implemented in ten villages of Dehdadi with total budget of 6,118,500 which was funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
Through compilation of 14 infrastructure and capacity building projects, 2355 families around 16484 beneficiaries 9126 male, 7358 females and 188 persons with disabilities accessed to collective purpose facilities in Samangan. Swedish Committee for Afghanistan spent a total budget 8673456 Afghani, with ten percent contribution from the community people, through Northern Rural Project.
Swedish Committee for Afghanistan built second floor for children section of Mehtarlam Provincial Hospital’s building to provide more facilities for hospitalized children and their parents.
Number of beds are increased from 40 to 70. Now children are treated in a proper manner. Also the health and safety of children in taken in consideration.
Before this, children section of Mehtarlam hospital was lacking beds and space for hospitalized children. As three to four children were using the one bed. As well the hospital was lacking space for care takers.
For the first time, Swedish Committee for Afghanistan jointly with Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) organized National workshop on Physical Rehabilitation, in Kabul. The workshop was used as a platform for advocacy to compel MoPH in operating physical rehabilitation within provincial and district health centers.
In a graduation Ceremony Swedish Committee for Afghanistan certified 21 new midwifes on successful completion of two years midwifery education in Samangan. New midwifes were swearing the oath of loyalty to the midwifery profession and providing qualitative and equal health services to women. This was the fourth batch of graduated midwifes in Samangan province.
A natural disaster has destroyed the Khadijatul Kubra School in Worsaj Valley in Takhar Province. It was very heavy rain that destabilized the mountainside, causing rocks to move.
Fortunately it occurred at night when no one was in the school. Damages were only material and no person was injured.
In a graduation ceremony at nursing school in eastern Laghman province, 23 female students received degrees for successfully completing the two years community health nursing education. The education was funded by the Swedish International Corporation Agency (SIDA) and it was a joint venture of SCA and Norwegian Afghanistan Committee (NAC).
SCA has started supply of medicines to the health clinics and provincial hospitals of Maidan Wardak and Laghman provinces. World Bank and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) contributed funds worth 35 million Afs for the purchase of medicines.
SCA has launched a two week training for female teachers of science in Ghazni. 39 female teachers teaching Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology subjects in different schools are attending the training.
The aim behind the training is to resolve difficulties in teaching according to the new syllabus, and to build the capacities of teachers in teaching methodology.
The training, which is attended by 20 teachers of mathematics and physics, and 19 teachers of chemistry and biology, will be concluded on the 28th of October.
Now 4147 families have access to collective purpose facilities in Samangan. SCA completed 16 projects with a total cost of 7193780 Afs in Hazrat Sultan district. Beside construction support, 154 women of villages were trained in different vocations.
By completing these projects people have access to 7400m graveled roads, 600m water-scheme networking, one water tank, seven culverts and 80m surrounding walls of Community Center Building.
SCA has initiated a six month economic empowerment project for persons with disabilities in eastern Kunar province. With the implementation of the project, 20 persons with disabilities will be trained in tailoring. SCA has provided funds for the project, while Kunar Disabled Organization is the implementer.
Head of SCA community based rehabilitation Haji Abdul Rahman Sapay says, the vocational training project will benefit persons with disabilities of Asmar, Khas Kunar and Manugi districts.
SCA has handed-over ten flour mills to persons with disabilities and widows in eastern Nangarhar and Laghman provinces. Each flour mill is shared by two persons and will provide a permanent income source for them.
District Chief of Kama Hajji Zalmay appreciated implementation of the project and described it very effective step in economic problems’ solution of the vulnerable families.
Supervision of the Sawa clinic has been a challenge for the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan project management team because of the insecure conditions of the area. In order to have a qualified staff and a person with knowledge of the area a qualified supervisor who is the resident of the area was employed.
SCA started the renovation work of the Jalalabad component workshop, which was damaged due to earthquake last year. The Post Code Lottery is funding the project and the renovation work will be completed within two months with a budget of 840, 000 AFS.
Last year the component workshop was cracked due to the earthquake in April. SCA RAD Programme is producing wheelchairs and other supportive devices for the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities.