Emergency healthcare, recovery, rehabilitation and capacity building of Afghan people

Project Emergency healthcare, recovery, rehabilitation and capacity building of Afghan people
Objectives

MERCY Malaysia initially delivered emergency healthcare to the Afghan population
and now has moved into recovery, rehabilitation and capacity building with programmes addressing health issues, child and adult education as well as vocational training.

Project Partners
Activities
Locations Kandahat
Period 2006
Accomplishments

Overview
When MERCY Malaysia first entered Afghanistan in
2001, the country was in the throes of a war that forced
thousands of Afghan civilians to abandon their homes and
seek shelter in relief camps. MERCY Malaysia initially
delivered emergency healthcare to the Afghan population
and now has moved into recovery, rehabilitation and
capacity building with programmes addressing health
issues, child and adult education as well as vocational
training.

Comprehensive Health Clinic (CHC)
The CHC is the core service for MERCY Malaysia in
Afghanistan and marks a milestone in our six years of
providing medical relief to the people of Kandahar City.
Formerly known as the Mother and Child Healthcare
Centre (MCH), the facility was converted to a
comprehensive health centre to respond to the pressing
needs for healthcare services to be extended to male
patients. It administers free medical services to an
average of 80 to 90 patients every day.

The upgraded CHC houses a new laboratory which
performs tests to detect diseases considered critical in
Afghanistan, in particular, tuberculosis and hepatitis
B. With this service, patients can benefi t from early
intervention and treatment. In its fi rst month of operation,
the laboratory carried out 70 tests on various diseases.
Other tests available at the laboratory include those for
malaria, leishmaniasis, HIV, typhoid and brucellosis. The
facilities at the CHC include a labour room, vaccination
room, pharmacy, consultation room, female ward,
paediatric ward and male ward. It employs a staff of
nineteen national staff.

Patients at the CHC are also given basic health and
hygiene education prior to their consultation sessions.
These talks run for about ten minutes and are conducted
three times a day. Some of the topics covered during
these sessions include vaccination, breast feeding,
tetanus and tuberculosis.

MERCY Little Caliph (MLC)
MLC began as a service to draw patients and women
to our clinic and the vocational training centers when it
was established in 2003. Now the center has matured
into a pre-school which addresses the importance of
making education accessible to children from 5 years
and above. There are presently 30 pre-school students
studying at MERCY Little Caliph. The children are taught
Basic English, Basic Pashtoon, Basic Farsi, Introductory
Mathematics and Islamic Studies. Under the programme,
the children are also provided food and drinks, books and
stationery. MLC plays a critical role in building a strong
foundation for lifelong learning for the young ones while
providing equal access to education for both boys and
girls. This programme is run within the premise of the
CHC.

Water Sanitation Project
In support of the local governmentʼs drive to ensure that
Afghans have access to safe drinking water, MERCY
Malaysia funded several well-digging and hand-pump
installation projects, especially for schools. Two more
hand-pump wells were installed in schools in 2006. The
fi rst one was in the Ahmad Shahi High School which
has a student population of 678. The installation of the
hand-pump well for the Zainab Middle School began
on December 26 and is expected to be completed by
January 2007.