Last month the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) granted Health Works more than 1 million dollar for the provision of life-saving services in Afghanistan. Health Works will provide life-saving primary health care, psychosocial, gender based violence (GVB), nutrition and protection services to conflict affected (mainly IDPs) and host population of the high priority districts of Kunduz and Uruzgan provinces. The focus will be on most vulnerable population, mainly women and children in 10 very hard to reach districts in Kunduz and Uruzgan.
Health Works is already present in both Kunduz and Uruzgan provinces and is currently providing health, psychosocial and nutrition services to conflict affected population, IDPs and vulnerable specialized groups such as nomads. For the implementation of this project, Health Works is partnering up with two local organizations, the Afghan Health & Development Services (AHDS) and the Organization for Health Promotion and Management (OMHP), who will both be implementers of the basic package of health services (BPHS).
The preparation phase includes a rapid assessment of target areas, mapping the population, orientation and coordination with community and provincial authorities and identifying the service delivery points. The project will be implemented through nine, so-called, mobile teams in the targeted districts. Each mobile team consists of professionals, including a medical doctor, a midwife, two psychosocial counselors, a nutrition nurse, and a team (one male and one female) for community based interventions such as child friendly spaces, women’s health friendly spaces, nutrition screening and referral.
By implementing this project Health Works aims to provide life-saving health services to vulnerable groups, such as IDPs with a special focus on women and children, in the hard to reach areas of Afghanistan. By implementing the project we aim to improve the access to health services for these populations and improve their health and wellbeing in the long run.