News & Events
Mobile clinic: on the move and high in demand
AWAKEN’s most recent venture—creation of a mobile health clinic—became a reality in April! The clinic is now traveling to villages around the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan five days a week, treating an average of 120 patients each day! Before this, residents of nearby villages in need of healthcare had to walk as many as 10 kilometers to get to our clinic.
Now, however, AWAKEN is serving patients five days each week, as the five-person staff makes its rounds to seven different villages in the Nangarhar Province. With your donations, we purchased a van and retrofitted it to provide an array of outpatient healthcare services, as well as medications, medical supplies, and vaccinations for polio, tuberculosis, measles, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, hepatitis B, and Hib (a bacterial infection).A
Rotary grant comes to a close, but the work continues!
From March 2017 through February 2019, AWAKEN received funds from a Rotary International grant that expanded our existing healthcare services and vocational training, and also improved hygiene through new latrines and new wells for clean drinking water. This generous $79,000 grant allowed us to create the maternal and child health unit, increase the number of vocational training programs in tailoring, and add computer training services as well. Such training makes it possible for women to develop skills that can be used in supporting their families and becoming more self-reliant.
AWAKEN is now fulfilling its terms of that two year grant by continuing these services. Tailoring instruction and family planning programs are particularly popular and fill an important need that Afghanistan’s schools simply can’t meet. In the past 12 months, 62 women have participated in our vocational training programs. Upon completing the six-month program, each woman is given a sewing machine, cloth, and other tailoring supplies that allow her to care for her family’s needs and earn extra income.