Solidarity for Afghan Families

What we do?

According to the problems and priorities in Afghanistan, SAF mainly provides services in four areas: 
1. Health
2. Education
3. Social Development
4. Agriculture & husbandry
SAF also has been active in other cross cutting themes such as Human Rights and Gender as integral parts of all its interventions, targeting mostly women, children, youths and marginalized population e.g. immigrants, people with disabilities and addiction.
Additionally, SAF largely exercises the following approaches to guarantee success of the programs:

Capacity Building:

SAF since its establishment has been in great effort to assist its employees at the management and project levels by providing them with the capacity building opportunities, to effectively contribute to the overall work of the organization. In view of that, SAF has been extensively involved in capacity building programs in central and provincial levels.

SAF in 2016, continued implementation of Community Midwifery and Community Nursing (CME and CHNE) programs in Nimroz and Jawzjan provinces, through well-equipped CME and CHNE schools in which, 24 female learners at each school, were being trained by well-educated and skilled trainers as well as clinical instructors, according to the approved national midwifery and nursing curriculum within 24 months. 5 teachers of CHNE School participated in ETS, CTS, IP, Mental health workshops, as well as in three rounds of FDP training courses, conducted by GIHS, in Kabul.

Moreover, In 2016 SAF through Cascading Skills and Knowledge Transferring (CSKT), which is a capacity building program within the BPHS’ projects of SAF (PCH and SEHAT) provided 37 in service trainings to 1096 health facility staff on BCC/IPCC, Mental Health and Disability, rational use of drug (RUD), Primary Eye Care, infection prevention (IP), Laboratory skills, Gender awareness, HMIS, EPI, waste management,  Safe Injection, Counseling Technique, Safe Sex Practices,    Common Disease and HIV/ AIDS.

Apart from that, during 2016 within the nutrition program of SAF, 46 CHWs, 186 FHAG members, 186 NERS members, 186 Mother group members were trained on INMNCN, as well as28 HF staff and 1 CME trainer in Nimroz were trained on TSFP. Semiannual refresher trainings for all active community health workers (CHWs) of Jawzjan and Nimroz provinces conducted in due time.

During  2016, Laboratory skills initial training for 7 lab technicians in Nimroz and refresher training for 6 lab technicians in Nimroz and 10 lab technicians in Jawzjan conducted  by SAF Lab specialist, which was pursued through post training follow up and on the job training

SAF in 2016 for effective implementation of its HIV prevention and Harm Reduction projects in Kabul and Balkh, has conducted 13 trainings to 205 individuals including the projects’ staffs and stakeholders (Community, religious leaders, police and etc...), on the relevant topics like; Primary health care, HIV, TB, Stigma and Discrimination, Health and addiction, Right for People Living with AIDS (PLWA), Counseling Technique, Safe Sex Practices, Outreach Peer Education, Infectious Diseases, Sexually Transmitted infections (STIs), Infection Prevention (IP), Laboratory Skills etc. in Balkh and Kabul provinces of Afghanistan.

SAF has encouraged its employees and paved them the ground to attend higher education’s studies such as BBA, MBA and MPH inside and outside of the country, as recently  three staff members of SAF completed MPH program in Jaipour university, India and one person got the BBA degree from Bakhtar university, Kabul.

Community empowerment:

SAF for the efficient and smooth implementation of its projects, applies community based strategies which provide the opportunity to work for community mobilization, delivering human rights’ messages to the community, reaching to marginalized people and empowering the women (socially, economically). SAF gets the programs’ target groups involved in decision-making processes. Moreover, SAF in 2016 ensured a functional Community Based Network and accessibility of services to the entire target groups through:

  1. Conducting 19 regular meetings with community leaders and police for smooth implementation of HIV prevention projects in Kabul and Balkh provinces of Afghanistan
  2. Facilitating 11 meetings of self-support groups of People Living with HIV (PLWHIV) and provides advocacy services to PLWHIV in Balkh VCT.
  3. Continuous and consistent supervisions from the Community based health care (CBHC) networks by CBHC coordinator, SAF MO technical staff and community health supervisors (CHSs).
  4. Maintaining the established community supported referral mechanism.
  5. Mobilizing the established female Local Health Committees (LHC) to support the activities of female CHWs and provide required assistances to them.
  6. Motivating active CHWs in presence of the community members and awards them with appreciation letters and incentives either by cash or in kind.

Research & Studies:

Research is important when conducted correctly because it helps us to understand and possibly even solve possible problems. For that reason, SAF carries out researches in order to identify the gaps and problems as well as to make evidence based decisions regarding any humanitarian intervention within its catchment areas. Recently, SAF in cooperation with International Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMAR) conducted three researches in Faryab, Jawzjan, Balkh and Kabul provinces of Afghanistan on the following topics: 

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