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


programs contribute to the following SDGs


Health situation in Afghanistan

Afghanistan developed packages of basic services (BPHS and EPHS) to ensure a rapid expansion of basic healthcare services to the under-served and badly affected population across the country at the health facility and community levels. The development and use of these packages were effective first steps in standardizing and harmonizing service delivery in the Afghanistan public health sector. In addition, the ministry of public health (MoPH) introduced a contracting modality so that NGOs, which were providing most of the healthcare services at the time, would be commissioned by the MoPH to provide the BPHS and EPHS across the country.

Afghanistan Demographic and Health Survey 2015 reports:

Under-5 mortality rate is 55 deaths per 1,000 live births.

Infant mortality rate is 45 deaths per 1,000 live births.

Vaccination: 46% of children age 12-23 months were fully vaccinated at the time of the survey.

Breastfeeding: 98% children are breastfed at some point in their life.

Only 43% of infants under age 6 months are exclusively breastfed.

Minimum acceptable diet standards with respect to infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices are met for 16% of children age 6-23 months.

Antenatal care coverage is 59%, only 18% had four or more ANC visits.

Delivery: 48% of births are delivered in a health facility.

Postnatal care: 40% of women and only 9% of newborns receive postnatal care within 2 days of delivery.

The overall rate of cesarean delivery is 3%.

The pregnancy related mortality ratio was 1,291 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births for the seven-year period before the survey.

Total fertility rate is 5.3 children per woman.

Contraceptive use: 23% of currently married women use a method of family planning.

Domestic violence: 53% of the ever-married women age 15-49 have experienced physical violence.

Drinking water: 65% of household have access to an improved source of drinking water.

Sanitation: 25% of households have improved toilet facilities.

AHDS Healthcare services

AHDS has decades experience of developing and implementing primary healthcare (PHC) in different provinces of Afghanistan. Mother and child healthcare is in the center of PHC; that includes health education, family planning, reproductive healthcare, immunization, nutrition, emergency obstetric and newborn care, treatment of childhood illness, protection for GBV survivors and management of sexually transmitted infections (STI).

The healthcare and health related 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), and recently strengthening COVID-19 response.

AHDS entered the health sector when all other sectors including the health system were almost totally destroyed in the country (1990). Provision of healthcare services in conflict and fragile areas is the main expertise of AHDS. We have not only continued, but expanded our services for the communities direly in need. AHDS has served millions of people, by tireless efforts of the staff and vigorous help of the national and international supporters. AHDS has been able to take firm strides in the areas of health and education development and services in Afghanistan. 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 quality and accessibility.

AHDS has provided healthcare services under any political and security circumstances.  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.

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.

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 started its work by establishing training center for community health worker (CHW), construction of destroyed health facilities and provision of primary health care (PHC) through comprehensive and basic health centers (CHC and BHC) in rural areas.  The undertaking of health infrastructure rehabilitation was indeed an enormous task that required day and night work, facing all odds and challenges.  In order to rehabilitate the primary health care system, we established health facilities one by one, trained the health staff, introduced voluntarism, attracted donors and at last expanded the program all over the province.

AHDS had to compete with the harsh times of lack of professional staff, economic sanctions, drought, security threats, martyrdom of a number of health staff, kidnaps and robberies on top of the cultural barriers prevailed in the target areas.

AHDS has increased access to healthcare services, improved the quality of services in the health facilities and strengthened community involvement and ownership of health services in the target provinces.  Available service utilization and quality of healthcare depend on improving health seeking behavior and healthy practices by the population, especially women.

AHDS is proud of its trust built among the communities, recognition by the provincial and local authorities, respectful relations with all the stakeholders, and smooth and transparent hand over of the BPHS project to its successors (provincial health directorate or NGO).

AHDS was one of the pioneers for Basic package of health services (BPHS) and Essential package of hospital services (EPHS) in the country. Furthermore, the health services are provided through establishing birth centers, mobile health teams (MHT), first aid trauma points (FATP) and partnership with the private health service providers (PHP).

Healthcare services has been complemented with health-related projects like school health and nutrition education, community-based management of acute malnutrition, water and sanitation and hygiene education projects.


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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