The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) works to build a sustainable health system for Afghanistan at all levels from basic rural healthcare to tertiary level hospital services. Working with partners, e-health and telemedicine are innovative health interventions which can work in the country despite the ongoing security and access problems. Global Health TV visits the French Medical Institute for Children in Kabul to see how AKDN is providing remote training for staff and remote services for patients.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 Kabul (BIA) An agreement worth $104 million was signed on Tuesday here in Kabul between Afghan ministry of health, Agha Khan Foundation and HN-TPO for training Afghan female nurses the in provinces.
An agreement worth $104 million was signed on Tuesday here in Kabul between Afghan ministry of health, Agha Khan Foundation and HN-TPO for training Afghan female nurses the in provinces. After signing the agreement, Suraya Dalil, acting minister of public health in a news conference related to launching the first nursing program said, “According to the agreement, four countrywide nurse training centers are to be set up in Samangan, Bamyan, Nangarhar and Khost provinces. Dalil said Afghan ministry of public health has newly launched a new female nursing program which is similar to midwife training program in the country. She said by launching such program in remote areas of the country, access of women and children to health services will increase. Implementation of the program is so effective in the country, Dalil added and said after her ministry was provided the fund by Global Fund, the ministry then took effective step toward launching female nursing program and holding learning programs for 300 female nurses in two phases in eight provinces of the country. Dr. Dalil further said, “Today we witness of signing the first phase of the program worth 104 million Afs with Agha Khan Foundation and Health Net-TPO”. She said the organization are tasked to implement the program by setting up four training schools and training 150 female nurses in Samangan, Bamyan, Nangarhar and Khost provinces. The first phase will be ended in 28 months, she said. Dalil added the second phase then will be launched in Logar, Ghor, Jawzjan and Kandahar provinces where 150 female nurses will receive training. The program launched amid Afghan ministry of Public Health is facing with lack of 7000 doctors and 20,000 nurses, midwives and health workers. Currently 23.5% of all employees at Afghan Ministry of Public Health are females and 27% of the nurses are female. It is worth mentioning that from 11 women, one loses her life due to various diseases in the country. In 30 minutes, one mother loses her life. Therefore, training of female nurses and presence of midwives and nurses can help cut down maternity in Afghan provinces.
A project to provide electricity to 750 homes and 500 business in Afghanistan’s central province of Bamiyan was recently announced, according to a report today from Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN). The project includes the installation of two generators that will produce 1200 kilowatts of electricity. Habiba Sarobi, the governor of the province told PAN that the funding for the million-dollar project will come from the Norwegian government and a private company known as the Kabul Group. According to the report, the Agha Khan Development Network will implement the project. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.
Saturday September 17, 2011
3rd Silk Road festival marked in Bamyan 2011-09-17 14:02
Wakht News Agency
Third festival for Silkway was held through a grand ceremony among the great pleasure and cheers from the youths in central Bamyan province, an official said on Sunday.
The ceremony attended by thousands of the province residents, senior local government officials and representatives of the internal and foreign institutions had been started in late Thursday and would continue for the next three days in the Bamyan centre, national park of Band-e-Amir and Yakawlang district, said manager for the chamber of commerce and industries, Akbar Amiri.
Different issues such as keeping the local culture of the province alive, attraction of the tourists and introducing the local products to the world had formed the main programs of ceremony, Amiri said.
According to him, the main programs of the festival included local music, local games, displaying theater, sports matches, visiting recreational sites and exhibition of local handicrafts and products.
The main organizer of the festival was a joint board consisted of provincial department of culture and information, department of chamber of commerce, municipality and Bamyan Ecotourism and sponsored by the Agha Khan Development Network (AKDN).
This is worth mentioning that the festival is held with the financial cooperation of AKDN since the last 3 years in Bamayan province.
Report: Kanishka Zahak
Edit: F. Akhgar
Herat, Badghis Local Music CDs Submitted To Ministry Of Culture And Information
Monday, October 03, 2011 Kabul (BIA) Local music CDs and DVDs of Herat and Badghis provided by cultural section of Agha Khan Foundation submitted on Sunday to Umar Sultan, acting deputy minister for information and culture.
Local music CDs and DVDs of Herat and Badghis provided by cultural section of Agha Khan Foundation submitted on Sunday to Umar Sultan, acting deputy minister for information and culture. The second phase of the folklore local music was held by Agha Khan Foundation in Herat and Badghis provinces and real and unrecorded Afghan music have been recorded and registered in the provinces and its packs were submitted to Afghan ministry of information and culture. Umar Sultan, acting deputy minister of the ministry appreciated Agha Khan Foundation for its cooperation in this regard and said introducing of the music will help Afghan new generation in vitalizing the Afghan local music in the country.
Wednesday October 5, 2011
France donates 5.7 million euros in mother, child health program in Badakhshan 2011-10-05 12:16
Kabul – (Oct. 5)
Wakht News Agency
French government donated 5.7 million euros in maternal and child health development program in the northeast Badakhshan province, the ministry of public health said in a statement.
Deputy Health Minister, Nadera Hayat Borhani signed the agreement with the French ambassador to Kabul, calling it an important step toward the prevention of pregnant women and babies’ death in the remote Badakhshan
Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is planned to implement the program.
French ambassador to Kabul Bernard Bajolet assured his country’s continual assistance with the Afghan government and people.
The program is due to facilitate training courses for the female health workers, establishment of nursing and midwife education institutes in the province.
France Provides 5.7 Million Euros for Health Services in Badakhshan
Government of Afghanistan
Dr. Nadira Hayat Borhani, Deputy Minister of Public Health signed a contract with French ambassador to Afghanistan And representative of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) on Tuesday.
In accordance the contract, French government provided 5.7 million euros in implementing of improving Maternal and Child health program in Badakhshan province. This program would be implemented by Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) over three years.
Addressing the signing ceremony, Dr. Nadira Hayat Borhani appreciated the financial support of French government, calling the implementation of this program very important in improving maternal and child health in Badakhshan.
Likewise, French ambassador to Afghanistan Mr. Bernard BAJOLET assured the long-term support and cooperation of his country to the government and people of Afghanistan, emphasizing on strengthening the good relation between the two countries.
Meanwhile, in the occasion, Aga Khan Foundation representative Mr. Kevin Moorhead pledged that the AKDN would implement this program honestly in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Health to provide better health services to people of Badakhshan, especially for children and women.
The program includes activities such as; establishment of diploma nursing program at Faizabad’s Health Institute, implementation of Badakhshan’s first Community Health Nursing Education Program, implementation of the Community Midwife Education program for 60 more young women, and continuing medical education for existing heath staff at facilities in Badakhshan and Kabul.
Therefore in field of Health System Strengthening, the program will provide the Telemedicine program to link Faizabad Provincial Hospital and three remote Comprehensive Health Centers in Badakhshan, maternal, neonatal and child research initiative, expanded child health program.
AKTC education initiative for the children of Kabul's schools
"Thousands of Kabul school children will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Babur's Garden, Babur's tomb, and the Queen's Palace through an education initiative funded by the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and conducted by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. The students receive printed materials about these cultural heritage sites, school supplies, and snacks as part of the tour. More than 10,000 local school children have received tours as part of this initiative."
KABUL, Afghanistan—At 2:30 p.m. on July 19, 2009, the first Afghans to climb their country's highest mountain unfurled a national flag on the icy peak in the blue above the clouds.
The celebration was fleeting. Minutes later, they headed down with a French companion, buffeted by violent gusts of wind and worried that exhaustion and a lack of oxygen would imperil their descent.
They aimed to deliver a message one doesn't hear much, that Afghans can succeed. To say, according to a new film about the adventure, that there is more to Afghanistan than the Taliban, opium and burqas, the head-to-toe garments worn by some Muslim women.
Trouble began long before the climb when Meunier and two French associates fell out with the French head of an adventure sports company who had promised financing. Later, Meunier got support from the French Embassy and the Aga Khan Foundation.
Aga Khan Foundation participates in talks to create a development and extension foundation
Development, Expansion Foundation To Be Established In Badakhshan
Saturday, October 15, 2011 Kabul (BIA) The ambassadors of five western countries held a meeting on creation of a development and extension foundation.
The ambassadors of five western countries held a meeting on creation of a development and extension foundation. Held at the PRT the ambassadors of the Us, Germany, Russia, Norway and the ambassador of Agha Khan Foundation, and Badakhshan governor talked on creation of the foundation as a design of Germany aimed at coordination of expenses of this foundation for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Afghanistan borders and Tajikistan for upgrading the economy of families of both borders, prevention of narcotics cultivation, trafficking and smuggling. The Badakhshan governor said at the meeting that the main challenge in Badakhshan is shortage of power and non-investment on Kukcha River that the donor countries should cooperate seriously and the construction of circular road of Eshakashem till Share Buzurg of the province. He added that this road has two messages, first that rural people will access to cities and continuation of province-wide security with Tajikistan in terms of smuggling of narcotics is ensured. The ambassadors also visited the provincial maternity hospital of Faizabad and promised that they will assist in development, expansion and reconstruction of the premises of the hospital.
"It will also be important to rely heavily on Islamic based organizations and regional institutes, such as the Aga Khan Foundation (AKD), Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is in position to take a more prominent role post 2014 through channeling donor money into Afghanistan. The Aga Khan has already contributed around 700 million US dollars, including investing in large-scale rural development; health, education and microfinance services."
President Karzai And Prince Agha Khan Emphasize On Infrastructure Projects
Monday, October 31, 2011 Kabul (BIA) President Hamid Karzai and Prince Karim Agha Khan in their meeting emphasized on acceleration of the infrastructure projects implemented by Agha Khan Development Foundation.
President Hamid Karzai and Prince Karim Agha Khan in their meeting emphasized on acceleration of the infrastructure projects implemented by Agha Khan Development Foundation. Prince Karim Agha Khan arrived in Kabul yesterday and in his meeting with President Karzai assured continued assistance of the Agha Khan Foundation with Afghanistan in health, educational, cultural and potable water provision spheres. He stressed further that cooperation in reconstruction of development of Afghanistan has its important place in Agha Khan Foundation programs and its assistance is made in eradication of poverty and growth of life of the people. President Karzai thanked Agha Foundation’s assistance and called it as very important in addressing the needs of Afghans.
AKF collaborates with other organizations to contain brucellosis outbreak in Afghanistan's Bamiyan Province
"The brucellosis outbreak intervention programme was held in collaboration with the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team, United States Agency for International Development, Aga Khan Foundation and local veterinary authorities."
AKF featured in a magazine article in relation to Afghanistan
"Completely destroyed during the civil war between the mujahideen, the Bagh-e-Babur was redone from scratch by the Aga Khan Foundation. When we visit, it is slightly overcast, but the clouds let enough sun through for the Bagh to glow — the place looks heavenly. There is a cool breeze and roses, fruit trees and a typically Mughal water channel flourish in lush green gardens. At the top of the gardens is Babur’s tomb; beside him rest a few of his family members. The white marble of some of the graves has been pierced by wild cherry blossom trees. Before his death, Babur had requested to be buried here. Initially buried in India, his body was later moved to the resting place of his choice — a place that he had originally built as a resting garden for himself."
AKDN features in partnership for Development across borders...
Wednesday, 14. December 2011
Opportunity for development across borders - more stability for Afghanistan
Bridges, markets and health care stations for 1.5 million people
Launch of the KfW Pakistan-Afghanistan-Tadzhikistan Regional Integration Programme (PATRIP)
"In cooperation with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), five large and over 400 small-scale construction and rehabilitation measures such as bridges, markets and health care stations were financed already in the first pilot phase, which began in 2010 with a commitment of over EUR 6.1 million. Up to 500,000 inhabitants of the border regions are already benefitting from the provided infrastructure."
Greenhouse products in cold Bamyan as an income source
Sunday, 22 January 2012 09:05
Bamyan – (Jan. 22)
Wakht News Agency
Farmers in the mountainous Bamyan province say they receive good incomes by selling vegetables grown in the greenhouses.
“I grow cauliflowers, cabbages, spinaches and cucumbers in my greenhouse and I receive good incomes by selling them,” said Saberah from center of Bamyan city, adding that she is engaged in her greenhouse for four years.
She said that the vegetables grown in the province is fresher, cheaper and better than the imported products.
Another farmer, Mohammad Ali said those families who cannot afford to buy vegetables in the winter, have vegetables for consumption as well as for selling.
The greenhouses are made by Aga Khan Foundation.
“We have so far made 28 greenhouses across Bamyan province as well as Sheik Ali and Sorkh O Parsa districts of Parwan province,” said a foundation in charge Fatemeh Hosseini.
“The farmers are satisfied with the greenhouses, because, they can earn more money by selling vegetables in the winter that is not the season for growing.
Bamyan is located at high point of altitude and is not reasonable for growing the vegetables. But, most of farmers are now growing cauliflowers, cabbages and cucumbers.
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