Community Health and Education Projects in Gorek

Program background

The Afghan government and the anti-government Islamic group, the Taliban, officially restarted a peace dialog, but this attempt was soon discontinued. While the international military forces are withdrawing most of their troops from the country, the Taliban is expanding its power. The influence of the so–called “Islamic State” (IS) is also an increasing threat to society. Improvements can be seen in the areas of public health and education, but along with the reduction of international aid and military forces, the unemployment rate remains high and many people, especially in rural areas, continue to face shortages of basic services.

  920*500_afg 1_Vaccination activities in the remote communities

JVC has been operating the only clinic in the Gorek area since 2005 and the only sub-clinic in Kuz Kashkot since 2009. Both are in Kuz Kunar District, Nangarhar Province. Each clinic cares for around 100 patients per day, providing for a population of more than 27,000. The focus of JVC is to encourage the community members to create mutual cooperation systems within the communities and to practice preventive care for better health.

1. Clinic Activities

The JVC clinic focuses especially on the health care of mothers and children

The “family health book” introduced by JVC has been used effectively to identify frequent patients and to visit their homes, in order to give advice about their health and hygiene at the family level. At the clinics, JVC has given advice to the patients both in groups and individually, with a special focus on the side effects of drug overdoses.

2. Community Health in Villages

A campaign to detect malaria-infected patients

In addition to medical attention and advice at the clinics, JVC has also worked through community-based approaches to promote preventive care within the communities. JVC has worked in collaboration with “health committees” made up of male villagers. The members called for young volunteers and contributed to the detection of malaria patients at early stages.

JVC has also worked with female villagers who form groups called Family Health Action Groups. The selected members gather monthly, learn about health related matters such as hygiene, diseases, nutrition, safe delivery, etc., and pass the lessons on to other local families.

Teeth brushing campaign organised by the School Health Council

Schools also focused on promoting community health. This year, a “School Health Council” was established in four schools, whose members, both teachers and students, are expected to lead the health related activities. They conducted a “teeth brushing campaign” as their first activity, in which around 1,000 students learned the importance and proper skills of teeth brushing.

3. Educational Program at Schools

“Lesson Study” is a mutual-learning training program in which teachers acquire teaching skills. It is unique in Afghanistan as it is implemented at the teachers’ schools so that they can apply the lessons in real contexts.

(source: “JVC Annual Report – 2015 report”)

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