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 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.

The main office: AHDS is registered as a national NGO with the Ministry of Economy - Afghanistan. The registration number (5) renewed on 25 Aug 2005 (old number 219 on 18 Nov 1999). Its TIN is 100 005 5 010.

AHDS has been enabled to serve millions of people, by tireless efforts of the staff and vigorous help of the supporters. AHDS has been able to take firm strides in the areas of development and humanitarian services with continuous support from the donors and support of partners; sister NGOs, 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 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 with focus on women and children, immunization, nutrition, community development, education, emergency relief, water and sanitation, agriculture and livestock.

The projects include, but not limited to, primary health care (PHC), mother and child health (MCH), reproductive health (RH), basic package of health services (BPHS), essential package of hospital services (EPHS), integrated management of acute malnutrition (IMAM), supplementary feeding program (SFP), institute of health sciences (IHS), community midwifery education (CME), community health nurse education (CHNE), school health and nutrition (SHN), protection of gender based violence survivors (GBV), emergency healthcare, polio eradication, control of communicable diseases (Tuberculosis, Malaria and HIV), water- sanitation and hygiene (WASH), agriculture and livestock and the Citizens' Charter Afghanistan Project (CCAP).

AHDS has implemented more than 150 projects in Daykundi, Helmand, Kabul, Kandahar, Kapisa, Kunar, Logar, Nangarhar, Nimroze, Uruzgan, Wardak and Zabul provinces.

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

Afghan Calendar 1400 (2021-22)

AHDS Annual Report 2020 

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. 

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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