Afghanistan suffers from some of the worst health indicators in the world. While the country has reversed the declining health trends, attention is needed to improve the health outcomes for women and children and ensure access to safe drinking water.
Afghanistan suffers from some of the worst health indicators in the world, brought about, in part, by more than 30 years of war and insecurity. According to the DHS for Afghanistan in 2015, one-third of children under 5 had experienced diarrhea in the two weeks preceding the survey. The caregivers of half of the children with diarrhea sought treatment at a health facility or from a health provider. Of those 45% were given ORS. In maternal health, slightly more than half of pregnant women received antenatal care from a skilled provider at least once for their last birth. Only 18% had the WHO recommended four or more antenatal care visits. Six percent of households use an appropriate water treatment.
SHOPS Plus supports the Afghan Social Marketing Organization (ASMO) that promotes and distributes essential health products across Afghanistan. Its products include ORS to treat childhood diarrhea, iron folate to support healthy mothers-to-be, and a water treatment solution. The goal of the program is to increase the impact and sustainability of the local organization.