Golf for… healthier families
Homa has worked as a midwife for more than 15 years in Afghanistan, and is in charge of the neonatal intensive care unit at the Faizabad hospital in the province of Badakhshan.
She’s treating 25-day-old Nafiz Gul, who was born underweight and has a blood infection. This new maternity ward at the Faizabad hospital is saving the lives of babies like Nafiz – until recently, there was no neonatal unit to treat children born with complications.
A Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Centre of Excellence has been established at the Faizabad hospital, supporting quality care for new mothers and their children, as well as providing state-of-the-art training for health professionals. Trained health care workers – here, and in isolated villages – help women get proper prenatal and postnatal care, and can prevent obstetric-related emergencies during childbirth.
Increasing access to health professionals is just one way that you are helping Aga Khan Foundation Canada improve medical care and deliver health information in Afghanistan. New and upgraded health facilities, training for hundreds of nurses, doctors, and midwives, and campaigns to promote community health education and awareness all contribute to a better, healthier future for Afghans
This support is key to breaking cycles of poverty: healthy parents can raise healthy children, and healthy children can attend school – growing to become productive adults who can contribute to their families and lead their communities
To learn more about midwives and family health in Afghanistan, watch this video.
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