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SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS

Improve women in rural areas' sexual and reproductive health and access to essential services, and that every woman's sexual and reproductive rights and freedom of choice concerning her own body are protected and upheld.

The extreme stigmatization of sexuality in Afghanistan means that most women and girls will receive little to no education on subjects related to any aspects of their sexual and reproductive health and rights throughout their lifetimes, including the transformative experiences of menstruation, puberty, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause.  

These norms, the weak health system in Afghanistan, and women’s often restricted mobility results in countless unwanted pregnancies (and consequently unsafe abortions), increased violence and abuse, mental illness, and malnutrition amongst women.  

Afghanistan is thus one of the most dangerous places on earth to give birth with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. 

Nationally, fewer than 58% of births are overseen by a skilled health professional. This statistic worsens in rural areas

Nationally, only 20% of women receive the recommended minimum of 4 antenatal care visits (this statistic worsens in rural areas)

On average, Afghan girls miss 3 to 4 days of school per month, or 32 per school year, due to their periods.

In response to the lack of sexuality education in Afghanistan, and especially in rural areas, Afghanistan Libre provides comprehensive sexuality education to women and adolescent girls in rural areas. Monthly courses led by a qualified midwife equip women and girls with the knowledge and skills to make educated and autonomous decisions that concern their sexual and reproductive health and that reflect their values.  

Afghanistan Libre also provides essential sexual and reproductive health services and enables the most vulnerable and isolated mothers-to-be to benefit from a continuum of care and quality services throughout their pregnancy, delivery and postpartum period.   

650

women and girl participated in comprehensive sexuality courses in 2020.

88

women in rural benefited from antenatal, obstetric, and post-partum care with Afghanistan Libre's midwife in 2020

OUR PARTNER

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“My name is Maharja and I am attending the health and education sessions at Abdullah Bin Omar HEC (Health and Education Center), I am also a patient of the midwife. I went to see the midwife 4 times during my pregnancy: 3 times before the birth and once after. I have always followed her advice. The midwife’s consultations were very effective for me because this is my first child. I had a normal childbirth, so I was very happy. Thanks to the midwife, I live happily with my baby.”

 “My name is Maryam and I am attending the health and education sessions of Afghanistan Libre and I am also a patient of Afghanistan Libre's midwife. I went to see the midwife 4 times during my pregnancy and once after. I have always followed her advice. The midwife’s consultations were very important to me because this is my first child. I had a normal childbirth, so I was very happy. Thanks to the midwife, I live happily with my baby.”