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

AHDS in brief

Afghan Health and Development Services (AHDS) is a non-for-profit, non-governmental and non-political organization founded by Afghans on April 7th, 1990.  AHDS is registered in Afghanistan as a national NGO (registration # 5) . AHDS is also an active member of Afghan NGOs Coordination Bureau (ANCB), Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief (ACBAR) and Alliance of Health Organizations (AHO). AHDS is one of the first signatories of the Codes of Conduct for NGOs engaged in humanitarian action, reconstruction and development in Afghanistan.

AHDS is registered in the USA as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. AHDS is registered with USAID: PVO registration identification number A0798, CAGE Code 7EMZ9 and DUNS Number 860011738.

Furthermore, AHDS is registered with European Commission PADOR: EuropeAid ID AF-2007-DOM-2711208946 and LEF ID 6000063343. 

AHDS has been enabled to serve millions of people, by tireless efforts of the staff and vigorous help of the supporters. Through continuous support from our donors and technical support of partners; Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), Ministry of Economic, Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), local authorities, and the community leaders, AHDS has been able to take firm strides in the areas of health and education development and services in Afghanistan.  AHDS understands that Afghanistan has unique challenges and difficulties that require innovation and out of the box thinking.  

AHDS is dedicated towards and has supported organizational development, capacity building and system promotion related to health and educational services at the national level.  Activities of AHDS are well coordinated with national and local government authorities, community elders, and other stakeholders.  Throughout the years, AHDS has had continuous presence and active participation in the task forces and workshops lead by the local and international agencies related to capacity building, providing health services and improving education quality and accessibility. The secret of our success is related to our ability to reach peoples, gain their support and corporations and involve them in our efforts.  Without critical support and collaboration from these communities, AHDS’ success would not be possible.  Our experiences are indicative that by directly engaging and involving communities in our efforts and making them aware of their rights and responsibilities, we can ensure sustainable development.

AHDS has implemented humanitarian and development projects including healthcare, immunization, nutrition, community development, education, emergency relief, water and sanitation, agriculture and livestock. AHDS has worked in Daykundi, Helmand, Kabul, Kandahar, Kapisa, Kunar, Logar, Nangarhar, Uruzgan, Wardak and Zabul provinces.

The projects include, but not limited to, basic package of health services (BPHS), essential package of hospital services (EPHS), integrated management of acute malnutrition (IMAM), supplementary feeding program (SFP), community midwifery education (CME), community health nurse education (CHNE), emergency healthcare, polio eradication, birth center, institute of health sciences, protection of gender based violence survivors (GBV), water sanitations (WASH), agriculture and livestock and Citizen’s Charter.

We feel that sustainable development is possible only through persistence and continued perseverance in the face of difficulties. The national NGOs, more importantly the communities, have to take personal ownership and responsibility to see our country through this difficult yet promising time.   


A major part of our success is due to the acceptance we have gained from the local communities and the cooperation they continue to provide. Without the critical support and collaboration of these communities AHDS’ success would not be possible. It is this idea that transcends the financial assistance coming from the international community, and stresses the importance of communities assuming the kind of practical, on-the-ground responsibility for the continuing improved health of this and future generations. Without a sense of personal responsibility in the local communities to complement the broader social responsibility of the international community, the sustainability of reconstruction efforts such as ours will be at great risk. There is no doubt that Afghanistan is not ready to be free of international assistance.  But without local Afghans accepting personal responsibility for the on-going health of the members in their community, it will be impossible for the country to prosper.

AHDS gained the art and science of how to work in difficult area in terms of geographical, traditionally conservativeness and most insecure by insurgencies. Insurgency does not only cause security risk, but simultaneously deteriorate availability of qualified staff, proper living conditions and attractiveness for professional staff from other places; while traditional conservativeness adds on that challenges.


News & Events

Calendar 1398 (2019-20)

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.  Click 

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 

Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health of Afghanistan 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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