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

Kandahar Institute of Health Sciences (KIHS)


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. The higher education program of AHDS empowers and inspires youth to seize opportunities to enhance economic independence and expand human resources for healthcare.


The Kandahar Institute of Health Sciences (KIHS) as well as Community Midwifery Education (CME) and Community Health Nursing Education (CHNE) schools provided competency based education with appropriate skill labs and clinical training sites.

KIHS has the following schools:

  • Midwifery.
  • Nursing.
  • Laboratory technician.
  • Pharmacy technicians.

The professional 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 schools were regularly assessed and accredited by the Afghanistan Midwifery and Nursing Education Accreditation Board (AMNEAB). Our schools received the awards of best performance several times from AMNEAB and authorities of the ministry of public health (MoPH).

A total of 1,104 health staff with associate degree (14th grade) were trained with hands on knowledge and skills.  The deployment rate in their own field of proficiency was 90%.

The graduates from 2004 to 2018:

  • Midwives; 299 females.
  • Nurses; 105 females.
  • Nurses; 363 males.
  • Pharmacy technicians; 127 males.
  • Laboratory technicians; 132 males.
  • Community midwives; 107 females.
  • Community health nurses; 81 females.

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. These graduates played key role in improving access to maternal and child healthcare and quality of healthcare in both public and private health facilities. 


News & Events

Afghan Calendar 1401 (2022-23 AD) (1443-1444 Hijri)

AHDS Annual Report 2021 

DAWAM consortium undertook a survey to understand the type of assistance people primarily prefer and find supportive of their economic and social sustainability, click for the report.

Freshta Karimi, won the 26th International Human Rights "Ludovic-Trarieux" Prize awarded on 28th September 2021

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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