KABUL CITY – . Inside the compound, another two dozen women, some with their children, sit on benches waiting to see a doctor. More women fill the clinic’s corridor, where a female health professional is giving a family planning lecture.
“,” says 40-year-old Feroza, a mother of nine children. “I used to go to Malalai Maternity Hospital, which was a long distance from my home, but with the establishment of this clinic, I can easily get quality health services.”
. Sessions to raise community awareness and to provide information on topics such as maternal and child health are another vital aspect of the clinic’s services.
Dr. Farid Ahmad Karimi, head of the clinic, points out that the clinic has made a significant contribution to the community in terms of health services. “,” he says, “ in this community with a population as large as 60,000.”
Dr. Karimi says the community has a particularly high demand for vaccination, maternal health, family planning, and nutrition services.
The clinic was set up to deliver a Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) under the System Enhancement for Health Action in Transition (SEHAT) Program, implemented by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). SEHAT aims to expand the scope, quality, and coverage of health services provided to the population, particularly vulnerable groups. It is supported by the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank Group’s fund for the poorest countries, and the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), in partnership with multiple donors.