13 November 2018

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Tuesday October 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR) has signed three agreements with donor organizations to provide facilities for internal displaced families in northern Kunduz province.
According to BNA report, the agreements has signed between MoRR and Inkashafi Afghan Organization, Solidarity International Organization and Modera Organization.
Based on the agreements the organizations will be cooperate with MoRR to provide foodstuffs, non-foodstuffs, drinking water, job opportunities and implementing of activities for displaced and refugees families in Imam Sahib, Khan Abad districts and center of Kunduz province.

Friday October 12, 2018 Kabul (BNA) On August 10th around 6:30pm, Hanifa Yousoufi made history by being the first woman to summit Mt. Noshaq in Afghanistan. Mt. Noshaq is Afghanistan’s tallest peak, and is 4,000 feet higher than the tallest peak in North America. In the widely shared picture of Yousoufi at the top of Mt. Noshaq, she is gripping the Afghan flag and fighting against the wind. The weather conditions prohibited the two other women that set out with Yousoufi from finishing the expedition alongside her. The only other mountaineers to conquer Noshaq have all been men. Outside of the dangers presented by scaling a mountain, the years of political unrest made this feat even more dangerous. Mt. Noshaq had been closed to hikers for 30 years prior to it’s reopening in 2009 because of the threat that local warfare presented in that region. In Yousoufi’s case, her expedition was nearly derailed at the last minute due to Taliban fighting in a neighboring area the day before she was to travel to the base of Mt. Noshaq. Instead of turning back, her group decided to fly into a different airstrip, 13 hours away from their original destination. Hanifa Yousoufi was married at 15 and later divorced her abusive husband. As a divorced woman in Afghanistan, Yousoufi felt that her prospects were over by the time she was 17. However, a few years after escaping the marriage, Yousoufi found the organization Ascend Athletics, a nonprofit that trains women for 2 years in leadership and physical training. The Mt. Noshaq expedition was fully funded by the nonprofit and totaled $30,000, which was half funded by an individual donor. At the start of each year, 20 women between the ages of 15 and 23 start the Ascend Athletics program. Aside from participating in physical training for expeditions like the one Yousoufi completed, the women also train in conflict resolution, outreach, public speaking, and leadership. Many of the women have chosen to remain anonymous and work in secret because of the negative attention that outspoken women face in Afghanistan, from the public and the Taliban. For example, in 2016 locals threw rocks at the women while they training at a location site. However, Ascend Athletics is not alone in pushing boundaries in Afghanistan and empowering women to break glass ceilings. This year, a historic 417 women are running for the Afghan parliament. Feminist Ansari

Thursday October 11, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Having completed his bachelor's degree program in prosthetics and orthotics, Afghanistan national Abdul Qadir Najm is raring to use his expertise to make life easier for those with disabilities. Driven by the need to serve, this Afghan national decided to upgrade his skills when he saw the rising number of people who had lost their limbs due to conflict-related injuries. Together with eight others, Najm is part of a pilot project developed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in collaboration with Germany-based Human Study e.V. and International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (IPSO). The four-year degree program is the first-of-its-kind to be conducted through a combination of online classes and on-site training. The batch of nine, including two women, successfully completed six semesters and graduated on clearing the five-day exam held recently in Bangkok. This is Afghanistan's first group of prosthetist-orthoptists with Category I recognition from IPSO and they would now be able to treat very severe and diversified disabilities too. "Knowledge is power," says Najm, talking about what prompted him to participate in the program. "Physical rehabilitation can be a huge motivator for those with disabilities," he adds
His batch mate Mahpekay Sidiqy, who is from Kabul and a bilateral amputee, also acknowledges that they require updated skills and expertise to cope with the increasing number of people with physical disabilities. She also points out that hesitation in being treated by male doctors has kept many female patients from being rehabilitated. "Unfortunately, we lack female professionals in the country. My classmate and I are the first two women to be qualified as Category I prosthetist-orthoptists. Hopefully, things will improve from now onwards," she says.
Over the last four years, Najm, Sidiqy and their batch mates continued to work and provide for their families while pursuing higher studies. Even the constant security threat, frequent power cuts and poor internet connection did not deter them from achieving what no one has yet managed in Afghanistan.
How the program evolved
Responding to the growing need for professionals who can treat disabled people in Afghanistan, the ICRC collaborated with local authorities and started a diploma-level P&O training program in 2004. This course was accredited as Category II program by ISPO, which sets the professional standards.
"Afghanistan has seven ICRC-supported physical rehabilitation centers, making it one of the biggest Physical Rehabilitation Programs (PRP) run by the organization. In order to empower the Afghan workforce and ensure long-term, high-quality rehabilitation services, we are looking into innovative ways of providing them with access to internationally-accredited continuing professional development," says Michael Rechsteiner from the PRP team in Geneva. This led the ICRC to collaborate with Human Study e.V., which is a non-profit organization specializing in higher P&O education through blended learning. "We were already running a number of Category II programs using a 'three-way blend', including online lessons, seminars & workshops and on-site training," says Christian Schlierf, CEO of Human Study e.V., adding that such a module is apt for candidates who cannot travel out of their home country easily. For Afghanistan, however, Human Study, in close collaboration with the ISPO and the ICRC, decided to upgrade and develop a new curriculum corresponding to ISPO Category I or a BSc level program. To gain accreditation for this unique Afghan Blended Learning Education, Human Study collaborated with Sirindhorn School of Prosthetics and Orthotics under Mahidol University in Thailand, an internationally renowned P&O training institute accredited by the ISPO on the highest Category I level. The way forward
The nine Afghan professionals who have completed the P&O Category I also represent a breakthrough in long-term sustainability of physical rehabilitation services. The immensely-successful pilot program has paved the way for replication in less-challenging contexts like Tanzania and Tunisia, among others. As Rechsteiner points out, training local professionals will ensure "long-term, high-quality rehabilitation services."

Wednesday October 10, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The construction work of 5 welfare projects have completed and put into exploitation in central Logar province yesterday.
According to BNA local correspondent report, the projects include construction of administrative building for agriculture, irrigation and livestock department in Logar, water canal, protection walls in Mohammad Agha and Khoshi districts and Pul-e-Alam city the provincial capital of the province that has been built with a sum of 66 million Afghanis within the last one year.
Minister of agriculture, irrigation and livestock, Logar governor, head of provincial council, heads of civil and military organs, farmers and tribal elders were presented during inauguration ceremony of the projects.
Eng. Nasir Ahmad Durani minister of agriculture, irrigation and livestock called appreciable efforts of Afghan security forces regarding implementation of the projects said, the ministry had plan to implement several public utility projects next year in Logar province.

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