MIRBACHAKOT DISTRICT, Kabul Province – Several women and their children gather under a shady tree as they wait to see the doctor at a Basic Health Center (BHC). A health care professional greets the women and gives a short overview of the BHC procedures, as well as relevant information about its services.
Many of the women have come to the center for vaccinations, especially for their children. This has not always been the case, says Najma Hajikhel, 22, a vaccinator at a BHC in Sar-e-Kotal village of Mirbachakot district, about 35 km from Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul.
“Previously, people didn’t have a lot of information about vaccinations. Most of them believed in false rumors, such as vaccinations were not necessary or even harmful,” says Najma. “We raised awareness of those who knew little about immunization, were afraid to undergo vaccination or had a negative view about vaccines. Now those people have realized the importance of immunization and they regularly come here to take their shots.”
According to the district hospital officials, under the System Enhancement for Health Action in Transition (SEHAT) project, implemented across the country from July 2015 through June 2018.