Posted by: Christian | June 15, 2009

Afghanistan Women’s Clinic

I don’t usually write an entry just to mention a single Afghanistan blog, but this one is worth it. I highly recommend checking out Afghanistan Women’s Clinic, a blog that follows an isolated women’s health clinic in Paktika.

This is from their “about us” page:

In a remote region of Afghanistan there exists a local clinic in which one female mid-wife treats all the women in multiple provinces. After becoming concerned about the plight of the women in the province to receive medical care, 4 soldiers began to go over to the local female clinic 3 days a week to work for a few hours assisting, partnering, and learning from the mid-wife. After many months of working closely with the mid-wife we became more involved in trying to get the clinic the supplies it needed to provide free health care. With over 70% of the population living in poverty, they couldn’t afford medical treatment even if they needed it. Helping and partnering with the local clinic, allows some of these women to get the medical treatment they so desperately need.

I think they means districts rather than provinces (unless they mean the midwife travels to Khost, Paktia, etc.. or treats women who travel from those places). Nevertheless, this is a desperately needed service. As for civil-military issues, if this was a safe area I would see an NGO as far better suited than the military to offer support. But this is not in a safe area. And the Taliban Laheya explicitly states that NGO workers are “fair game.” Rule #26 states:

Those NGOs that come to the country under the rule of the infidels must be treated as the government is treated. They have come under the guise of helping people but in fact are part of the regime. Thus we tolerate none of their activities, whether it be building of streets, bridges, clinics, schools, madrases (schools for Koran study) or other works. […]

PRTs and military directed/supported development and aid are problematic in many ways. But this is literally an emergency issue for many of the women showing up.

A happy and healthy outcome at the clinic (her name is “Fatima”):

The blog has pictures, video, info, stories and let’s you know how the clinic can be helped. So check out Afghanistan Women’s Clinic.


Responses

  1. Wow–this is great. Thanks for sharing. Completely agree that ideally the military wouldn’t be involved but if this helps then great.

  2. The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 06/16/2009 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.


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