Maternal and Child Health Initiative in Afghanistan

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Bringing Health Care to the Women of Afghanistan

Up to 18,000 women in Afghanistan die each year for lack of basic health care services. The Afghan Institute of Learning, with support from the Abbott Fund and Direct Relief International, is addressing the challenge under the courageous leadership of a remarkable woman, Nobel Prize nominee Sakena Yacoobi. So far, AIL-trained nurse-midwives have given nearly 600,000 women and children a new chance at life.

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Results Sources: Direct Relief and the Afghan Institute of Learning
Results to Date


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