We continue to find ways to RISE for and with the women of Afghanistan and share with you ways to directly help.
The team at SIMEEN reached out with this most recent video update and images of the team in action.
SIMEEN is a mobile healthcare team traveling to provinces in Afghanistan that are in greatest need of medical services. Through the program, which just launched in February, an obstetrician/gynecologist, pediatrician, nurse, nutritionist and registrar see patients on a weekly basis, providing free examinations, medicine and food supplements for malnourished children. The project is dedicated to Simeen, a 24 year old girl who wished to be a health worker and was killed when volunteering on a vaccination project in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
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Since the Taliban took over, Afghans, especially women, do not have access to basic rights such as education and healthcare, and are particularly affected in remote villages and areas that have been in absolute deprivation for decades. Healthcare facilities are desperately needed, especially during the winter season and with the escalation of COVID-19, as well as the severe drought that has swept across the country. Due to poverty or lack of services, in most of the country there are not many options for a pregnant or breast-feeding mother to receive care. Women usually give birth at home under the supervision of a local midwife and many die of a simple sepsis easily cured with antibiotics. Afghanistan still has the highest maternal mortality rate of any country. Many children are facing an extreme shortage of food, and, according to public health figures, an estimated 80 percent of Afghan children are now malnourished. In a preliminary report, UNICEF said that more than 2 million children are suffering from malnutrition and are at risk of losing their lives. In some cases, patients experiencing more mild disease-related symptoms are not treated on time until it becomes too late, serious and incurable.