Our health trainers don’t just “tick off the boxes” after they teach a lesson, but they pay attention and try to see the women, to understand them, and to show compassion and support.
Access to schools and education is limited for village women…
BLiSS is a health education program about pregnancy, birth and new born care which began in 2005. The programme was created to help address the child and mother mortality rate in Afghanistan which remains one of the highest in the world.
“When I come here all my worries go away.” Exercises and social support are making a difference in women’s lives.
At that gathering every woman had a personal testimony of how the seminar is changing her family and personal life.
In the areas where our WaSH (water, sanitation and hygiene) project is running, we find very high child mortality rates due to lack of basic sanitation facilities and the lack of knowledge about hygiene and disease prevention.
Shakhnoza was worried. Her 14-month old child was very thin and had become sick very quickly…
Our health trainers don’t just “tick off the boxes” after they teach a lesson, but they pay attention and try to see the women, to understand them,
We have distributed DVDs including this video about “How insulin is made” and many more resources for patients and doctors to more than twenty endocrinologists so that they can use them to increase their own knowledge and educate their patients.
Our WaSH (water, sanitation and hygiene) project staff support volunteer community trainers to reach their families and neighbours with life-saving messages about hand washing, safe water and safe faecal disposal.
“We all are thankful for these lessons and are so happy that we have my daughter-in-law and my grandchild with us.” – Birth Life Saving Skills participant
“I still struggle with my emotions. However, I have been able to lose about 10kg and I am working hard to continue to lose even more weight with your help and your effort on our behalf.”
“Going to class is so wonderful… I used to cry all day and night because I felt purposeless at home. Now I can wear anything and I feel so much better.”
“When we were planning the Wheelchair Provision and Service Workshop, sport was not the first thing that came to mind. There are so many people here that need basic,
“Together with my relative, I joined the class and I have benefited from it a lot. I feel better emotionally and everyone at home is happier with me!
She denied it and said it never happened, and that I must have dreamed it!
The people said, “Shirin Gul has four daughters; one of them was born after taking the BLiSS course.” Another lady laughed and said, “The last one born was the luckiest one!”
“How can the wounds of our hearts be healed?”
Hassan and Hussein are twin boys born in a village in northern Tajikistan. Both were born with cerebral palsy due to brain damage during birth and have severe physical disabilities.
Operation Mercy BLiSS projects continue to make a significant impact in Afghanistan. In 2017, over 2,800 women and 600 men participated and graduated in the 17-week BLiSS course in Afghanistan.