COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CLINIC (CHC), MERCY LITTLE CALIPH (MLC) AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTER (VTC) IN KANDAHAR

Project MERCY LITTLE CALIPH (MLC)
Objectives

• Provides boys and girls aged between 5 and 10 pre-school education to prepare them for primary school. • Currently, around 30 pupils are taught basic Pashto, Dari, English, Islamic Studies and Mathematics at MLC. • The MLC has conducted a vaccination programme and distributed food to its pupils to promote better health and nutrition amongst the pupils. • The MLC recruits a new batch of 60 pupils per year

Project Partners
Activities
Locations Kandahar
Period Since 2001
Accomplishments

Background

MERCY Malaysia first started operations in Afghanistan in October 2001 to deliver emergency healthcare to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and residents in the Kandahar Province during the onset of the war. Since then, our operations have expanded into the recovery phase of the TDRM. The CHC provides primary healthcare to those living in the Kandahar Province. The clinic caters to 80 to 100 patients a day, with the bulk of cases coming from the most vulnerable residents in the area – women and children. Unlike most CHCs in the area, the clinic boasts reproductive healthcare facilities. This helps to significantly reduce the maternal mortality in the catchment area. Vaccination outreach programmes/clinics are conducted throughout the year in 4 villages and 1 IDP camp for disease prevention purposes. In 2009, the CHC ran a polio vaccination campaign successfully – vaccinating around 2000 children every month. The clinic also boasts a working laboratory for identifying major diseases that afflict the population in the district. The CHC has also trained women (known as “Lady Health Workers”) to assist women who opt to deliver their babies at home.

The story of Parvana Noor Ahmad, 22, strikes a chord with almost everybody. Parvana, who lives in Kandahar, Afghanistan, comes from a family of 7, where her father was the sole breadwinner of the family. Money was tight and luxuries were rare, a situation made worse in a city in the middle of a conflict. Given the opportunity to learn new skills by attending the MERCY Malaysia Vocational Training Center (VTC) programme for 6 months, she had been given the opportunity to assist her father in providing for the family. With the skills she learnt and tool kits she received from the VTC programme, Parvana started a home-based embroidery business making flower box sets, mobile phone holders, ladies’ purses, bathroom mirror cover sets and more. Her weekly earnings now range from 500 to 700 Afghanis. Now Parvana has become capable of generating a secondary income to supplement the family. “I have become self sufficient, thanks to the training given by MERCY Malaysia VTC programme. The programme has provided valuable and unforgettable support for poor & needy Afghan women,“ said Parvana. The VTC is one of the biggest center in Kandahar city that offers training for deprived women and girls. It targets to train 240 women a year, channeling them into one of the 4 main skills taught there (embroidery, tailoring, carpet weaving and hand crafts). At any one time, the center accommodates 2 batches a year, training 120 women over 6 months in their chosen skill. At the end of their training, the women receive certificates and tools related to their newly acquired skill to help them start their own businesses. Besides the VTC, MERCY Malaysia also runs a Comprehensive Health Clinic (CHC) and Pre-School Center called MERCY Little Caliph (MLC). In 2009, 82,068 people were treated at the health clinic.