What makes your idea unique?
There are many facets to the successful birth of a healthy baby and a surviving healthy mother. Many programs focus only on one area or address topics in only one forum. AIL addresses multiple areas at once- hygiene, family planning, reproductive and birth education, cultural issues, nutrition, delivery options, and post natal care of mother and child in a variety of venues. This is particularly important in Afghanistan because many women are illiterate and must learn by hearing about being a healthy mother and having a healthy baby; the more often their receive these important messages, the more likely it is that they will remember them and incorporate them in their daily lives. For those Afghan women who are literate, they also need the messages in multiple forums because they have little access to written material. Women receive messages every time they go to a clinic and every time they meet with Community Health Workers or AIL nurses or midwives in their villages. In AIL’s Women’s Learning Centers (WLCs), where women take literacy and income generation classes, every teacher, in every class, teaches about MCH issues. In all areas where AIL has programs, multi-day health workshops are offered to women and girls. With Afghanistan having the second highest mother and infant mortality rate in the world, we must address every area in every forum.