• BAAG welcome new members IRC and HealthProm

BAAG welcome new members IRC and HealthProm

16 July 2014

BAAG are delighted to announce 2 new organisations have been accepted as Members of BAAG.

International Rescue Committee UK (IRC UK) is the European headquarters of the International Rescue Committee global network.  IRC has been working in Afghanistan for over 30 years and now has a staff of 650, 99 per cent of whom are Afghans.  They deliver community-driven employment creating projects such as construction of wells and water systems, building schools and community centres, and building or repairing health care clinics. Across 9 provinces they have supported over 4 million people in over 4,000 villages.  They have helped 63,000 children access primary education. In addition, IRC provide emergency response to some 170,000 people in eight provinces, including safe drinking water, sanitation and relief items.

HealthProm is a UK-based international development NGO, whose origins date back to 1984.  Their vision is a world where each mother and child has secured the right to a healthy and socially included life. HealthProm works in Afghanistan and other central Asian countries.  Improving access to health and social services, and promoting access to education, they work with and through local partner organisations. In Afghanistan, where (according to Save the Children’s Mother’s Index 2014) 1 in 32 women die as a result of their pregnancy and over 9% of children die before their 5th birthday, HealthProm works specifically on safe motherhood as the point in the life cycle at which the least expenditure can deliver the most health gain. Their activities include awareness-raising of village women and men (about maternal and child health), provision of emergency transportation to health centres and the design of a special donkey saddle for pregnant women.

‘IRC UK and HealthProm’s inclusion as Members will make BAAG a more effective network,’ commented BAAG Director, Jawed Nader. ‘Their specialised knowledge will no doubt be valuable to our information sharing platform. And with their time-tested commitment and grassroots approach, we will be a in a better position to help Afghans help themselves.’  

That organisations still seek to join BAAG and participate in their joint activities is testament to the NGO (non-government organisation) sector’s ongoing commitment to Afghanistan.  Some in the public may feel that British and Irish involvement in Afghanistan will cease with the withdrawal of our combat troops in just 5 months time.  NGOs and BAAG know otherwise - we will continue both to deliver critical development and humanitarian programmes in the country and advocate for the continued support of the international community.