YAKAWLANG DISTRICT, Bamyan Province – Farmer Mohammad Baqir Ali, 62, is having his blood pressure checked by a doctor at the Koprok Basic Health Center (BHC). He has a periodic cough and has come to the clinic to seek medical advice.
Koprok BHC provides basic health services to over 6,000 residents in 11 neighboring villages and is the only health facility in this mountainous area. It is located in Koprok village in Yakawlang district, 60 km away from Bamyan city, the provincial capital. The villagers are mostly farmers, cultivating crops on the slopes of the rain-fed mountains, with hardly a plain or arable land in sight in this difficult terrain.
Baqir Ali is thankful to have the health centre in the village: “Koprok BHC has helped us a lot. In the past when roads were closed during the winter and our access to Bamyan Provincial Hospital was blocked, many women from our village would lose their lives during labor. But this has changed and many of our health problems are treated here.”
The clinic’s services have brought about significant improvements in the health situation. Before its establishment, various illnesses remained untreated, children did not receive the requisite vaccinations, and the mortality rate among mothers and children was high. Villagers lacked basic health care awareness and did not know what to do in emergency situations.
Koprok BHC was established 11 years ago and has been receiving financial support from the System Enhancement for Health Action in Transition (SEHAT) Program, implemented by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), since January 2014. SEHAT project also supplies quality medicine to the health center, which is given free to patients. It also provides staff salaries and helps with capacity building programs as well as equipment repair.