|Project||COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CLINIC (CHC)| VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE (VTC) | MERCY LITTLE CALIPH (MLC)|
|Project Partners||The Government of Afghanistan and the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH)|
|Locations||Kandahar City District 3|
MERCY MALAYSIA BEGAN ITS AID EFFORTS IN AFGHANISTAN IN OCTOBER 2001 WHEN THOUSANDS OF CIVILIANS WERE DISPLACED TO RELIEF CAMPS. SINCE THEN, MERCY MALAYSIA HAS ADOPTED A MULTI-FACETED APPROACH ENCOMPASSING HEALTH PROGRAMMES, VOCATIONAL TRAINING, INFRASTUCTURE BUILDING AND EDUCATION TO EMPOWER THE LOCAL POPULATION. WHILE ITS INITIAL EFFORTS WERE CONFINED TO PROVIDING EMERGENCY HEALTH CARE, MERCY MALAYSIA’S BASE IN KANDAHAR PROVIDES HEALTH SERVICES AS WELL AS EDUCATIONAL AND LIVELIHOOD DEVELOPMENT TO THE INHABITANTS OF THE COUNTRY’S TROUBLED SOUTHERN REGION. ITS THREE CORE PROJECTS CONTINUE TO BE THE COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CLINIC, MERCY LITTLE CALIPH AND THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE, ALL OF WHICH ARE LOCATED IN KANDAHAR. ALL THESE ACTIVITIES ARE CARRIED OUT BY LOCAL STAFF WHO OVER THE YEARS HAVE BEEN TRAINED AND DEVELOPED TO FORM THEIR OWN NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATION (NGO) CALLED HEWAD UNITED DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION (HUDO).
MERCY LITTLE CALIPH (MLC)
Formerly known as the Mother and Child Health Care Centre (MCH), the Comprehensive Health Clinic was first setup in 2003 and was located in
Kandahar City District 3. Implemented at the request of the government of Afghanistan and the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), the clinic is run by 18 local staff and focuses on providing emergency health care and a list of comprehensive services to those living in the Kandahar province. The clinic handles mainly gynaecological, obstetric and pediatric cases as well as providing family planning and vaccination services. It is also equipped to handle laboratory examinations and ultrasound scanning as well as for the detection of bacterial diseases, a common occurence in the southern region of Afghanistan. The Comprehensive Health Clinic handles approximately 80 to 100 patients daily and 2008 was a record year for the clinic as it treated almost 56,000 patients.
VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE (VTC)
Located at the Chowk Madad District 5, Kandahar, the Vocational Training Centre (VTC) has a staff strength of 10 and was established in January 2003 to equip women trainees with some form of technical skills to help supplement their families’ income. There are four skills to choose from — carpeting, tailoring, embroidery and handcrafting. For women of all ages, graduates of the centre received certificates and tool related to their newly acquired skill upon completion of the course. This project allows women access to livelihood development. A total of 445 women graduated from the centre from January 2008 until March 2009.
MERCY LITTLE CALIPH (MLC)
Established in October 2003 in District 5, Kandahar, MERCY Little Caliph provides pre-school education for 30 children aged between five and 10. Using syllabus that is approved by the country’s Ministry of Education, the children that is approved by the country’s Ministry of Education,the children at the centre are taught basic Pashto, Dari, English, introductory Mathematics and Islamic studies each semester.The second batch of MLC students completed their primary education on February 25th, 2008.