Comprehensive Health Centre (CHC)

Project Comprehensive Health Centre (CHC)
Objectives

Enable access to maternal health services. • Increase availability and accessibility to complete health care services. • Enable access to lab services for effective detection of communicable diseases • Provide access to child and maternal immunization • Increase awareness of health and family planning • Provide health care services in disaster situations • Reduce child mortality and morbidity rates by 19% in catchment area • Provide a standardized basic package health services (BPHS)

Project Partners -
Activities

Reproductive health (Mother and Child Health) • Child health and immunization • Mental health • Primary Health Care

Locations District #3, Kandahar, Afghanistan
Period 1 year (11th year of operation)
Accomplishments

23,499 patients receive care in MERCY Malaysia’s CHC • 2100 mothers receive antenatal care • 17,772 children and women received immunization shots

Background

MERCY Malaysia has been working in Afghanistan since 2001 providing medical relief and health programmes. MERCY Malaysia has established the Comprehensive Health Centre (CHC) in District 3, Kandahar in 2003 and has ever since continued its operation there. District 3 has a population size of 45,549. There are also informal settlements near the CHC whose settlers benefit from the CHC services.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

In 2014, 23,499 benefitted from MERCY Malaysia’s health services. MERCY Malaysia, through the CHC, has been providing services such as primary health care, maternal child health, expanded program on immunization, nutrition as well as laboratory services. Throughout MERCY Malaysia’s operation, there has been improvement in overall understanding and acceptance to health services. MERCY Malaysia has seen an increase from 5% to 11% delivery in health facility from 2013 to 2014. The vaccine coverage has also increased from 30% to 70%. MERCY Malaysia focused on the nutrition status of children that visits the CHC to ensure improvement in overall well being. All children under 5 that visited the CHC went through a nutritional screening and those with severe malnutrition were given ready to use food (RTUF) to improve their nutritional status.