Afghan Health & Development Services
A nonprofit, 501(C)(3), Tax ID: 54-1968322 committed to helping the Afghan people. Established in 1990.

For a healthy society

Education programs contributes to the following SDGs


Higher education skills help youth find a lucrative career while teaching how to deal with a variety of other real-life situations. The ability to solve problems and the ability to communicate with the people are even important. They learn how to approach in different ways and be open to alternate solutions. It enables them to develop critical thinking skills. Collaboration is often an essential aspect of any type of work environment. Learning how to collaborate with other students helps to learn how to interact better in a group. When the people earn a college degree, they will be better off and can invest their money to stimulate the local economy. They will have enough time to allocate for volunteer work and help the community in which they live.

Enabling the women to improve their living standards is one of AHDS’ strategic objectives. We provided higher education opportunity for the girls and boys to address shortage of professionals in health sector.

AHDS’ higher education programs are:

1. Kandahar Institute of Health Sciences (KIHS) with following schools:

  • a. Midwifery.
  • b. Nursing.
  • c. Laboratory technician.
  • d. Pharmacy technicians.

2. Community Midwifery Education (CME).

3. Community Midwifery Education (CME).

The young health professionals (male and female) graduated from these schools are enthusiaticaly serving their communities through public and priviaste health faciliteis. This is contributing to the job creation, economic growth, peace building and community self reliance in the region.

KIHS and our CME/CHNE school repreatedly succeeded to win the Award and certificates of excellence from the Afghanistan Midwifery and Nursing Education Accreditation Board (AMNEAB).


School Health and Nutrition (SHN) and Learning for Healthy Life (LHL) programs are innovative approaches taken by AHDS to strengthen health status with particular impact on mother and child in Uruzgan. They empower the mothers and school age children taking better care of themselves and their families.

The SHN was implemented in the boys’ and girls’ schools to enhance the healthy behavior of school age children through child-to-child education. The Education Directorate and Public Health Directorate were involved from the beginning. In each school, a Community Support Committee (CSC), Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and Child Focused Health Education (CFHE) groups were established. The teacher and members of groups were trained on the programs and its health learning modules. The 10 modules with its learning aids, first aid kits and hygiene kits were provided for all the CFHEs.

The children groups conducted health education campaigns, and vitamin A and de-worming campaign for school and out of school children.

Learning for Healthy Life program is an innovative approach for simultaneous literacy and healthy behavior change communication. LHL was started in two districts (Chora and Terinkot); eligible women were enrolled in five classes. For better coordination and support a Community Shura was established for each class. The trainees received essential information about health and learned simple math, reading and writing skills in a 9 month long course.

The professioanl schools aims at:

  • Enhance schools’ academic/learning environments
  • Strengthen teaching competencies of faculties
  • Update the curricula to meet international standard
  • Emphasize on clinical competencies as part of the total curriculum
  • Reform and enhance administrative functions including policies and proceduresIntroduce current assessment, monitoring and evaluation processes for students, faculty and programs

The standardized curricula ensure:

  • Competency-based learning
  • Skill focused
  • Skill development on simulators (anatomic models) before going to clinical practice
  • Clinical practice and skill development in hospital
  • Problem-based approach to enable graduates to manage problems and think more critically
  • Knowledge, skills and attitudes that is necessary for providing the service


  • The national Concur examination for all graduates of high school (by ministry of higher education)
  • Entry examination in Kandahar aiming to absorb students from the region (Kandahar and neighboring provinces) to work for the local communities
  • Nominees by the community committee (Shura) with strong promise to serve their own people

School Health

ADHS impelmented school health and nutrition program in partnership with Save the Children in Urozgan Province. The aim was to improve the general health of school age children in Urozgan and to prevent sickness, disability and accidents.

The main activities:

  • Support the children to set up Children’s Groups
  • Hygiene and health education and disability-prevention education for children
  • Enable Children’s Groups to identify actions they can take to prevent disease and disability and support those groups to achieve their goals.
  • Build the capacity of school staff and parents so that they are aware of and act on the early warning signs of illnesses and prevent disease and disability
  • Health screening for all children as they enter school for the first time

·         Hygiene and health education

·        Training workshops have been conducted for the students, teachers and parents. The training workshops cover importance of general health, first-aid, hygiene, healthy environment, infectious diseases prevention and disability prevention. 












Children Groups: are actively raising community awareness through:

  • Child to child health education
  • Parents meetings
  • Meeting with teachers
  • Meeting with community health workers, health committee members, elders, religious leaders (Mulahs)
  • Children’s live radio program
  • Practical work in community to realize personal and environmental hygiene e.g. cleaning schools and streets

Health screening: 

  • Orientation session on health-screening procedure and follow ups for the health and education authorities and schools
  •  One teacher in each school was trained as focal point for children's health screening
  • Male and female nurses help the teachers in health screening of the children
  • Workshop for teachers on the value and how to keep health record
  • Health record archives are established one at each school
  • Monitoring checklist is designed for children health screening
  • Referral system is established between the schools and health facilities

 Health screening is performed not only for the school children but for the out-of-school children (brought by their friends) as well The intention is to study the outcomes of the program  and lobby for replicating it in all the schols.







 Primary education 

AHDS has plan to incease access to education for girls and improve quality of teaching in Afghanistan Education System. The project will be started from Samangan and will be expanded to other provinces. Generally, the target groups are school aged children and the teachers with focus on girl students and female teachers. Due to conservative traditions and insecurity, girls cannot attend far away schools and in parts of the country are not allowed to attend nearby schools; if they are above 12 years old. AHDS, recently had a context analysis and needs assessment survey; Education for Girls in Samangan  details... 


News & Events

Security incidents have directly harmed NGOs. We call upon  all  parties  to  the  Afghan  conflict  to  end  all  forms  of  violence  against Humanitarian Actors – including NGOs and their employees  click here 

Open letter to Members of the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals: Effective targets to promote sustainable peace click here 

Protecting health-care facilities during the 2014 electoral process (by ACBAR Members) click here

Open letter: Effective targets to promote Sustainable Peace click -here  

AHDS developed its five years Strategic Plan (2014-2018), Click here for the summary. 

AHDS received an award from Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health and AMNEAB for the Best Midwifery Education in Kandahar and Urozgan provinces (photos).

Afghanistan's Ministry of Economics recognizes Afghan Health and Development Services (AHDS).   Click here to view certificate of recognition.

Click here to review AHDS' Form 990 (for 2016) 



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