Care International III
Afghanistan, October 2010
It is nearly ten years since Taliban rule ended in Afghanistan. Under the Taliban, maternal health care was at an all time low. Because women were excluded from education, there were hardly any trained midwives left in the country. CARE Afghanistan has developed a community based maternal and child health project in four districts of Kabul city since 2005. A group of trained healthcare workers brings neighbourhood groups together to discuss health issues, visit households and refer women and children to hospitals if necessary. They also use a unique “Talking Book” that engages women and their children in learning about health issues. The book is colourful and informative and is known in the communities as a “Magic Book” because it talks.