Clinical and Preventive Care for Health
The security situation in the country is deteriorating. While the foreign military forces are withdrawing most of their troops from the country, the Taliban is expanding its power. Self-claimed “Islamic State” (IS) is also occupying some areas in the province where JVC is implementing its projects. The number of civilian casualties was the worst in 2016. Against this background, foreign forces, those of the United States in particular, are again increasing the number of their troops. While the international assistance is decreasing, the country is ranked at the worst level in terms of Human Development Index measured in three areas: health, education and income. Concerns have also been expressed with the declining economic growth and the high unemployment rate.
1. Clinic Activities
JVC has been operating the only clinic in Gorik and the only sub-clinic in Kuz Kashkot, both located in the whole project area of a population of 27,000. The project area is in the Kuz Kunar District, Nangarhar Province, Eastern part of the country.
JVC focuses on prevention of diseases and addressing their root causes by using the “family health book,” the record of diseases of family members as a whole to identify family and community level health problems and to give proper advice, as well as by conducting health education at clinics. As the clinics are public facilities, JVC had planned to hand them over to local people. JVC eventually did so to a local NGO in December 2016.
2. Community Health Activities
Health Committees, composed of village leaders, made several plans for village health. Among them, those feasible with high level of necessity, such as construction of public toilets, prevention of malaria and set up of a health library, were implemented. Health Committees also continued to manage the hygiene wells and the existing health libraries.
“Female Health Action Groups,” women health groups, continued their activities regarding learning about health and giving advices to their respective neighbors. Literate young women started joining as members, made activity records and voluntarily implemented health education at schools.
“School Health Councils,” composed of both teachers and students and planning and implementing school health activities, conducted health education and health-related campaigns. Teachers were provided with trainings for trainers on first aid so that they can train students by themselves. Health journals introducing students’ essays on health and health booklets were also produced with teachers.
“Lesson Study” – Teachers’ mutual-leaning for better quality teachings
“Lesson Study” is a mutual-learning training program in which teachers acquire better teaching skills. Teachers often did not have sufficient training opportunities. Trainings were implemented at two schools in 2016. The second training session was implemented at one school, where an improvement in class management was observed compared to the first time when they had very little knowledge about teaching plans.
Through the Afghan NGO network, JVC advocates for protection of civilians and NGOs so that they do not suffer from fighting and incidents. JVC also sends people’s voices to international conferences on assistance to Afghanistan.
(source: “JVC Annual Report – 2016 report”)Share This: