Where we work

BAAG's Member organisations work across a large number of Afghanistan's provinces.  Click on the provinces of the map below to see which organisations are present there and details of their programmes. 

 

Some of our members - Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International UK, Child Soldiers International and Global Witness - operate on a nation-wide basis rather than in specific provinces. 

 

Afghanistan provincial map Nimroz Helmand Kandahar Zabul Paktika Khost Paktya Nangarhar Kunar Nuristan Badakhshan Takhar Kunduz Balkh Jawzjan Faryab Badghis Herat Farah Ghor Daykundi Uruzgan Sari Pul Ghazni Wardak Logar Kabul Laghman Parwan Kapisa Panjsher Baghlan Samangan Bamyan

HealthProm in Balkh

Reducing maternal, newborn and under-5 deaths 

Maternal mortality in Afghanistan is amongst the highest in the world. With an average of 5.5 births per woman, as many as one woman in every 11 is thought to die of pregnancy-related causes. Nearly nine out of ten Afghan women give birth in rural areas without any skilled help. Many women, with their babies, die because they can’t get to a health centre in time for the birth. 

The project encourages villagers to set up women’s Safe Motherhood Groups and men’s groups in each village which aim to raise awareness of specific risks of pregnancy and childbirth and what villagers can do to mitigate them. 

To reduce hypothermia deaths the project encourages women to make kangaroo mothercare slings for all newborn babies and provides clean birth kits to prevent infection when women give birth at home.

The project provides comfortable donkey saddles specially designed for women in labour to get to health centres to give birth. For women who live too far or with complications it provides motor transport.

It provides outreach antenatal care by midwives, with birth planning, where possible resulting in a plan thumb-printed by husband and wife.

It trains and supplies volunteer community health workers to provide basic healthcare in their villages.

It provides sources of clean water and, to reduce malnutrition, improved crop storage and training in animal husbandry.