Statistics Administration Center of Afghanistan releases health study
Thu Jun 28, 1:25 pm
The statistics administration center of Afghanistan conducted a survey in 8 zones of Afghanistan with the financial support of UNESCO regarding health and living conditions affecting the women and children of Afghanistan.
They reported that there have been improvements for both women and children during the past year. However, major challenges remain due to a lack of training centers, forced marriages and loss of personal freedom after marrying; premature delivery of babies affecting the health of the mother and the child, and a general lack of vaccines for different illnesses.
Officials said that the statistics administration department has also done research to better understand the feeding, the mortality rates, health and training of Women and children in Afghanistan.
The study was also designed to learn how much Afghan Women and children know about HIV and how much they know about protecting the environment.
There have been positive changes in Women and children’s lives though problems continue due to domestic violence, forced child labor, lack of educational opportunities, and pre-mature delivery of babies because of poor pre-natal healthcare according to Abdul Rahman Ghafori, the head of the Statistics Administration Department.
Jahn Peter, the top UNESCO representative in Afghanistan, said that he believed that the survey will bring about positive improvements for both women and children.
About 13000 families were surveyed during the study, with positive changes in women’s and children’s lives being reflected in the results. One key finding in the study was that positive changes occur when women and children are able to receive education. The study showed that 1 in 5 women between the ages of 15 and 24 are literate and that as literacy rates improve among women, health and wellness of their children improves.