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Rural public health

It takes people to help people, especially when it comes to promoting health in rural and remote communities. NAC makes a significant impact without advanced equipment and expensive technology. People can take matters into their own hands, when given the right information.

Gaining and preserving good health

The road to the health station may be long and dangerous. The mountain passes may be closed by snow. The means of transport are expensive, if at all available. People who live far from professional healthcare have to know how to maintain good health. A large part of NAC’s health work focuses on spreading awareness on behaviour and habits that improve health and prevent diseases.

NAC selects and trains women and men to spread the message to their communities. Giving good advice on sanitation, nutrition and other related subjects is a low-cost, high-impact way to better health. -Wash your hands, they’ll say. Cook drinking water before use. Eat more vegetables. Breastfeed babies and vaccinate children.- Many of the
advisors are teachers at local schools: individuals who already know how to relay knowledge, and whose words are in high regard. 

Preventing disease and treating illness

In the Afghan countryside, many deaths and much suffering is caused by ailments that could be prevented or cured. The lack of professional healthcare is a part of the reason, and this must be built up over time. People must also be advised on how to cure simple but common illnesses. Most importantly, they must know what they can treat on their own, and learn to recognise the symptoms of common, life-threatening diseases, for which they must seek professional help.

NAC gives training to local women who visit families in their communities and advise on a voluntary basis. The role of these women is to raise awareness of symptoms that need special attention, and to advise people on when to seek professional health services. They also advise on how to care for pregnant women and new-born babies, on simple treatment for common diseases such as diarrhoea, and give general advice on how to improve sanitation and nutrition in the household.

NAC selects women who are respected in their communities and can visit families directly in their homes to give advice. Most are mothers themselves. Training locals who the people already know and trust is not only an effective way of spreading the word, but it also assures that the knowledge is anchored with one or more persons in the local community.

Helping children realise their full potential

Intestinal worms are a common problem for children throughout Afghanistan. The worms affect the children’s digestive systems with serious consequences for their physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. NAC provides de-worming medicine for school children in Badakhshan, Faryab and Ghazni. Drugs against intestinal worms are very effective, but re-infection within 6 to12 months is very common. Therefore, NAC offers children repeated treatments in collaboration with the departments of education in the targeted provinces and districts.

NAC’s activities promoting health awareness and hygiene are a part of the Integrated Rural Development programme.

Norwegian Afghanistan Committee
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