Afghanistan has improved its health sector a lot from 2002 to 2017 but it is still challenging to provide adequate health support in remote areas. Life expectancy in Afghanistan is 59 to 62 years and total expenditure of health is 8.2% of GDP, which is lower than other comparable countries (WHO 2015). A decade of war weakened Afghanistan’s health system and many qualified doctors left the country which made progress even slower.

Our approach to healthcare combines preventive, promotive and curative healthcare services, following existing government guidelines on basic health service packages and essential hospital service packages.

BRAC was the first development organization in the country to widely use female community health promoters for whom literacy was not mandatory. Community health promoters help to raise demand from communities for improved healthcare services from the local government by delivering basic healthcare services at their neighbors’ door-steps.  They are oriented on detecting and treating common diseases, providing maternal and child healthcare services, and referring critical cases to nearby government facilities.

Our projects

Project Name Description Donor Duration
Country Coordinating Mechanism Fund Support for channelizing the fund to CCM The Global Fund January 2015 – December 2019
The Strengthening and Scaling-up Malaria Prevention and Case Management to improve Health Status in Afghanistan Training on Malaria case management, RDT diagnosis, ACT procurement, logistic etc in Parwan, Panjsher, Kapisa and Helmand The Global Fund/UNDP April 2019 – December 2020
Delivering full package of Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) in Helmand Province-Sehatmandi Maternal and newborn care, child health, immunization; public health nutrition; treatment and control of communicable diseases; mental health; disability and physical rehabilitation services; Regular supply of Essential drugs etc in community and health facility level Ministry of Public Health, World Bank January 2019 – June 2021
Enhancing PEI/RI convergence in high-risk districts of Helmand province Establishment of 30 sub health centers (SHC) with focus on Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) Bill Gate & Malinda Gates Foundation June 2019 – June 2021

Highlights

  • Established 467 health posts and 78 health facilities in Helmand province
  • Provided care to 8120 pregnant mothers
  • Delivered 5210 children in the health facilities
  • Provided 1707 confirmed malaria patients with first-line anti-malarial treatment

Contact us

BRAC Afghanistan: House # 472, Lane # 2 Hazi Mir Ahmed Street Baharistan,
Karte Parwan Kabul Afghanistan
M: 93 (0) 700288300
E-mail: hossain.anowar@brac.net