In Afghanistan there are many factors that contribute to the poor health and high mortality rate of women. Women continually face cultural standards that prohibit or limit medical treatment from a male physician, lack of health education, access to quality health care, and in some cases, the ability to travel to a medical facility.
AMOR is committed to providing opportunities to women that empower them and continue to educate them. By doing this the result is healthier women and mothers. Training and employment for female physicians and midwives at Afshar Hospital are an integral part of women advancing their education, having access to medical care, and becoming self reliant. AMOR recognizes that not all women will have the ability to travel to Kabul, so multiple supporting clinics have been established to provide resources in the outlying areas of Kabul. These women now have access to medical care and health education in their home province. By bringing medical care and health education to these women, we are addressing a need and providing a service that would not otherwise be accessible.
Since 2009, medical services have become more accessible, health education is improving, and resources are being utilized more frequently. When Afshar Hospital opened in 2009, the statistic was 1 in 4 women were dying of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, this statistic has now improved to 1 in 7.