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. With many women delivering babies in their own homes this information is extremely valuable to help with safe and clean birthing practices. Afghanistan has one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world. Operation Mercy Afghanistan aims to address this need by providing education in practical birth life saving skills.
Rogul attended a BLiSS course in Kabul. Recently during course evaluation, Rogul told this story to the trainers.
I had gone to visit my family. When I arrived I noticed that one of the women in the family was in labor. After asking about the woman's situation, I learnt that the woman had been in labor for about twelve hours and had become weaker and weaker. The family members wanted to take her to the clinic now, but it seemed to be too late, since the head of the baby was already visible. I asked them why they did not take her to the clinic earlier and they said that they thought everything seemed to be all right and she would be able to deliver at home. My family had not prepared a clean place for her, so I quickly asked others to prepare everything for me, just as I had learnt in the BLiSS training. I gave the woman something to drink, washed my hands with soap and clean water and tried to help that woman to deliver the baby in a clean way. What I had learned from BLiSS became invaluable to the mother and baby's health.