Care of Afghan Families (CAF)
As from time of establishment; CAF is implementing BPHS and EPHS in different provinces of Afghanistan such as Takhar, Badakhshan, Kunduz, Kabul, Faryab, Baghlan, Logar, and Daikundi. Besides CAF has vast experience in implementation of vertical projects as well such as Reproductive Health, EoC, supporting Roll Back Malaria, TB control, TB DOTS, disability and nutrition. Meanwhile CAF has the honor of contributing to build the capacity of 18 local Afghan NGO staff on seven Module; Project Management, Financial Management, Gender integration in projects, Fund raising, Strategic planning, Organizational governance, Human Resource Management.
Fourteen years of experience in health service (BPHS & EPHS) provision has further improved the organization’s capacity to realize its mission – empowering the families and communities to fight against poverty, injustice and unawareness and deeply strengthened its understanding of the local context and network with relevant communities. CAF has received several appreciation certificates from MSH, community leaders, MoPH, development partners, MoE and MoF which is witness of its satisfactory performance. As a national NGO, CAF the strengths of having local knowledge, capacity to work in changing, challenging and difficult environment. It has vast experience of leadership development program (LDP), which was applied in 16 Health Facilities (HFs) of Takhar and 3 HFs of Badakhshan provinces supported by Tech Serve. The main objective of this approach was to research and investigate the main causes of maternal and child mortality at the community level. Furthermore we implemented Quality assurance approaches (QA), in which QA standards at HFs and Health Posts (HPs) level was implemented. 9 HFs in Takhar and 1 HF in Badakhshan have been recognized to receive recognition award by MOPH/HSSP. Implementation and replication of Partnership Defined Quality (PDQ) in 16 HFs of Takhar and 5 HFs of Badakhshan is also an outstanding activity for quality assurance supported by HSSP. Implementation of PDQ in the HFs resulted to have the support of community members to come up with an accepted definition on quality of health services provided by HFs. Both sides address the main gap and design ways/approaches to address the gap and improve quality of health services.
Furthermore CAF was the only organization which could won the grant (Baby Friendly Village Initiative, nutrition focused project) from World Bank South Asia Development Market Place at regional level and implemented the project with great success and presented to MoPH, Donor and SARDAM KNOWLEDGE FORUM in Nepal (13-14 Jun 2012) as one of the best practice in Afghanistan and in the region. MoPH accepted this project as one of the excellent projects in nutrition and now it is scaling up in the whole country. Moreover CAF has started the mobile health (m-health) initiative for the first time in the country by financial support of Afghanistan government, Ministry of public health. This is a demand side financing pilot project with case and control arms operating in 4 districts of Badakhshan province. The aim of the project was to increase utilization of health services by women and children under five through strengthening of referral system from community to health centers.See more