Afghan Health and Development Services AHDS

aka AHDS   |   Fairfax, VA   |  www.ahds.org

Mission

To achieve health status of the Afghans through provision of health care based on capacity building and development.

Ruling year info

2001

Principal Officer

Mr Aziz Rahman Qarghah BA

Co Principal Officer

Dr Fareed Mohammad Asmand MD

Main address

3900 Jermantown Road Suite 300

Fairfax, VA 22030

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EIN

54-1968322

NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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Basic Package of Health Services in Kandahar

Partnership Contracts for Health services (PCH) is a USAID funded program in 13 provinces of Afghanistan through MOPH. Within this program, Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) is implemented by AHDS in Kandahar Province. It is the continuation of previous BPHS program for 3 years, since November 2009. It is planned to activate 46 health facilities (a district hospital, 27 comprehensive health centers, 17 basic health centers and one sub center) supported by 634 health posts (male and female community health workers).

 

The project had considerable achievements in spite of insecure situation and continuous insurgencies. It is expanded in Kandahar City and 14 districts (Daman, Dand, Arghandab, Zharie, Maiwand, Khakriz, Spinboldak, Maruf, Nish, Panjwaiee, Shahwalikot, Shega, Arghistan, Myaneshin).

 

Comparing the 2010 and 2011 household surveys, significant improvement was noticed in acquisition of two modern contraceptive methods, births facilitated by a skilled attendant, ANC and tetanus vaccines for pregnant mothers.

 

The quality assurance standards were applied in 24 health facilities and leadership development were established in 12 health facilities. These practices will continue to improve the management and quality of health services based on the national standards.

 
A mobile health team was established for IPD and returnees funded by WHO through United Nations-CERF in Spin Boldak (Abdurrazaq Kelay).

Population(s) Served

The project contributes both to the global and specific objectives of European Commission “provision of BPHS and EPHS in 10 provinces of Afghanistan”. 

AHDS is implementing BPHS in Urozgan Province that is funded by European Commission and Cordaid. In 19 months time activities will be implemented in all districts (Tirinkot, Dehrawud, Chora, Charcheeno, Chenartoo, Khas Urozgan and Gizab), reaching out to ‘hard to reach’ areas, with a population of 386,100 people. Through its focus on vulnerable groups (e.g. Kochi, prisoners, women and children) and on remote and underserved rural areas, access to BPHS will be increased. Activities will be implemented in all the seven districts of Urozgan. The action includes expansion of services, quality improvement through capacity building, supportive supervision and retention schemes, and community health activities to enhance healthy practices and community ownershiin particular the MOPH at national and provincial levels other stakeholders. Strong coordination between all agencies active in health in the province is required to develop a comprehensive approach to improve the health status of the population in Urozgan.

 

BPHS services will be continued in the 7 districts, through the 7 CHCs, 9 BHCs, 3 Health Sub-centre (HSC) and 2 mobile health teams (MHT). The number of health posts will increase to 265 (with 200 female and 270 male CHWs). Maintaining and upgrading the existing facilities remains a major priority.

Population(s) Served

Kandahar Institute of Health Sciences (KIHS) as training institute provides newly trained health personnel to the health services in the region (at least Kandahar, Urozgan, Helmand and Zabul provinces, with a population of nearly 3 million people). AHDS is managing KIHS in partnership with MoPH since Sept 2004. Trainings are competency based. National Standard curricula are developed for midwife and nursing educations. The institute is funded by Cordaid.

The goal is to enhance the academic quality and operations in order to serve the people of Afghanistan by creating an atmosphere of excellence that prepares health care providers to meet the needs of the country for quality nursing, midwifery and allied health personnel.

The KHIS concentrates on two areas: training of midwives (2 years education) and training of nurses (3 years education). The intake will be 20-35 students per year for each school.

In order to enhance the education of women, KIHS will organize accelerated education programs, for girls who do not have sufficient basic education to follow the paramedical training successfully. 15 girls will be admitted per year.

In addition, a Community Midwifery Education (CME) is established to train the students who have lower educational background and are not willing to travel to Kandahar. This is also funded by Cordaid. The students are nominated by the local community Shuras and are committed to serve their own communities.

Accreditation:

Accreditation is done by the Nursing and Midwifery Education Accreditation Board which is an independent body in Afghanistan.

Population(s) Served

AHDS runs a Provincial Hospital in Tirinkot Town of Urozgan Province, with financial support of European Commission and Cordaid. It provides the essential package of hospital services (EPHS) to serve the province with a population of 386,100 people. The action includes expansion of services, quality improvement through capacity building, supportive supervision and retention schemes, and community activities to enhance healthy practices and community ownershiespecially women and children. Equitable access to quality health services is a first priority. The proposed action seeks to expand the coverage of hospital services by improving the quality of care and strengthening the referral system. Expansion of services will go hand in hand with improved quality of care. The consortium seeks to improve staffing levels, especially of specialists and female staff, in order to effectively address the needs of the population in a professional and culturally acceptable manner.

The services include:

·          General surgical services
 

 

·          General obstetric and gynecology
 

 

·          General pediatric services (including therapeutic feeding)
 

 

·          General medical services
 

 

·          Mental health program
 

 

·          HIV/AIDS; Strengthen VCCT
 

 

·          TB control program
 

 

·          Outpatient services
 

 

·          Inpatient services
 

 

·          Emergency department
 

 

·          Hospital pharmacy
 

 

·          Basic laboratory, blood transfusion services, and blood bank
 

 

·          Basic x-ray and ultrasound services
 

 

·          Physiotherapy services
 

 

·          Emergency preparedness
 

 

·          Health care for prison inmates

·          Referral system
 

 

·          Ambulance and community transportation

·          Mortuary

·          Support services (central sterile supply, medical records, kitchen, laundry and tailor, waste management and cleaning services, maintenance of building, equipment, vehicles and transportation)

Population(s) Served

To reduce mortality and morbidity of most vulnerable groups of people by improving their nutritional status and encouraging them to seek health services from the health facilities. The target group is under five children (125,600) and pregnant women and lactating mothers (56,519) in Kandahar and Urozgan province. The programs are funded by European Commission and Cordaid as well as in-kind contribution of UNICEF and WFP.

The main activities are:

Public awareness on nutrition issues
Breast feeding and IYCF: awareness raising and counseling on healthy infant and young child feeding practices (IYCF)
Participatory food preparation sessions (with mothers)
Micronutrient supplementation
Promote use of iodized salt
Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP)
Inpatient Care / Stabilization Centre (SC) or Therapeutic Feeding Unit (TFU)
Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP)
Effective nutritional surveillance and monitoring

Population(s) Served

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Awards

Excellence Service Award 2011

Ministry of Economics

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Afghan Health and Development Services AHDS

Board of directors
as of 6/4/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Samad Abdul Stanekzai

Community Leader

Term: Mar 2011 - Feb 2014


Board co-chair

Mr Aziz R Qarghah

AHDS Director

Term: Mar 2011 - Feb 2014

Samad Stanekzai Chairperson

Community Leader

Sayed Jawid - Treasurer

Private Sector

Mohammad Asmand Secretary

AHDS employee

Najibullah Mojaddedie Board member

Government employee

Suraya Sadeed Board member

NGO Director

Zabihullah Ehsan Board member

Private sector

Aziz Qarghah Board member

AHDS Director

Mmohammad Tahiri Board member

NGO Director

Mohammad Tahiri Board member

NGO Director

Fazlullah Wahidi Board member

Government employee

Assadullah Mojadidi Board member

Consultant