HEALTH AND BASIC HYGIENE EDUCATION SESSION
In Afghanistan, 90% of women do not wash their hands regularly, a simple but very effective gesture to prevent diarrhoea, the second leading cause of death among children under five in Afghanistan (WHO, 2013). In rural areas, 4 out of 5 women have never heard of family planning and 95% do not use contraception, despite the negative health effects of repeated pregnancies.
In response to these issues, and with the idea that basic health knowledge can save lives, Afghanistan Libre has created and supported 4 Health and Education Centers for Women since 2003. These centers are neither medical centers nor infirmaries. The person in charge is a health promotion-trained educator who provides health and basic hygiene education sessions.
In 2018, 88 women benefited from health education sessions. The Centers are open all year round and the sessions take place 3 mornings a week. Health educators advise women on everyday hygiene and health practices and address more personal topics, such as pregnancy, contraception or puberty, depending on the demand and needs of women.
During the school year (from March to December), sessions are open the rest of the week for high school girls who come on an occasional basis.
Throughout the year, our team also distributes hygiene kits, 1 first aid kit per centre, winter kits and delivery kits, in order to ensure that the advice received during the sessions is implemented.
The education sessions are also an opportunity for these women to meet and create social connections in a safe environment.
Located in Keraman Village of Dara District, of Panjshir Province
Located In Hanaba Village of Hanaba District, Panjshir Province
Located in Khwaja Lakan village of Paghman District, Kabul Province
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Located in Parachi Village of Paghman District, Kabul Province