Afghan Health & Development Services
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For a healthy society

Nutrition programs contributes to the following SDGs


Nutrition Situation in Afghanistan

Good nutritional status is fundamentally important for ensuring and maintaining health and enhancing physical and cognitive capacity of populations.  Thus, the economic growth and social development of a nation is highly dependent on a well-nourished population. Furthermore, it is recognized that without reducing childhood malnutrition, developing countries such as Afghanistan will not be able to achieve the first of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), i.e. to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.

Although there have been improvements in some indicators of nutritional status of the Afghan population during the past decade, the 2013 National Nutrition Survey indicates that the public health burden of malnutrition is still among the highest in the world. 




Women of Reproductive Age (15-49 Years)

Children (6-59 months)

Adolescent girls (10-19 years)


Stunting (chronic malnutrition)




Wasting (acute malnutrition)








Iron deficiency




Iodine deficiency




Zinc deficiency




Vitamin A  deficiency




Vitamin D deficiency




Folate deficiency




AHDS interventions for Nutrition

AHDS has worked on the first and second of the three proposed levels of interventions to combat the problem of malnutrition:

  1. Nutrition specific interventions: Includes interventions such as adolescent and pre-conception nutrition, maternal nutrition, micronutrients supplementation and food fortification, breastfeeding and complementary feeding, dietary supplementation for children, dietary diversification, feeding behaviors and stimulation, treatment of acute malnutrition, disease prevention and management and nutrition interventions during emergencies.
  2. Nutrition sensitive interventions: Includes agriculture and food security, social safety net, early child development, maternal mental health, women’s empowerment, child protection, classroom education, water and sanitation, health and family planning services.
  3. Building enabling environment: Rigorous evaluation, advocacy strategies, horizontal and vertical coordination, accountability, incentives, legislations, and regulations; leadership programs; investment in capacity development and mobilization of domestic resources. 

AHDS implements integrated management of acute malnutrition (IMAM) as main appraoch. AHDS' public nutrition program includes assessment, prevention and treatment of malnutrition, surveillance and reporting. Growth monitoring for under two, Infant and Young children feeding (IYCF) counseling, screening and treatment of acute severe malnutrition will take place in the health facilities. Nutrition counselors are assigned in the health facilities; considering the training process by MoPH-public nutrition department (PND).

The health facilities provide outpatient treatment of malnourished children and pregnant and lactating women (PLW), referral, and admission in stabilization centers. Supplementation of micro-nutrients (zinc, iodized salt, vitamin-A, iron and folic acid) are provided in the health facilities as well as in the village by the CHWs. The nutrition program managed at community level through application of Nutrition Education Rehabilitation Sessions (NERS) focusing on coverage and access, sensitization and community awareness, screening and community-based growth monitoring and counselling.

Infant and Young children feeding (IYCF) and treatment of acute severe malnutrition for children takes place in the health facilities. Screening for malnutrition, IYCF and treatment of SAM and its complications take place in stabilization centers. Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is also considered. Community mobilization is done by the health posts. Health education sessions are conducted for the mothers. Severe acute malnutition (SAM) and moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) cases are referred to out-patient treatment points (OTP) and supplementary feeding program (SFP) after screening at the community level in line with the NERS approach.





News & Events

Afghan Calendar 1400 (2021-22)

AHDS Annual Report 2020 

Healthcare in war zone.    

N-Peace recognized, Mrs. Zarqa Yaftali, AHDS' Board Member, as Award 2019 winner for the on-the-ground action and powerful stories of peace-builders in Afghanistan. 

AHDS has been certified by ISO 9001:2015 as NGO working in health and social works. Certificate 1911QMS02

AHDS received the AICS Certificate and Award of Best Practice during the Stakeholders’ Coordination for CSOs Empowerment and Certified CSOs Award Ceremony on 31 Mar 2019 in Kabul Serena Hotel. Click here for details. 

AHDS received appreciation letters from the Local Government Authorities. Click here for details 

The Afghan Minister received the Best Minister Award in WGS 2019Click here for details. 

AHDS developed its five years Strategic Plan (2019-2023), Click here for details. 

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 

AHDS received awards of best education programs from MoPH and AMNEAB in Kandahar and Urozgan provinces. Click here for details

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

IRS form 990 click here




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