TACT HEALTHCARE PROGRAM – THP

Today’s Afghanistan Conciliation Trust – TACT is registered with the Ministry of Public Health (Reg. No. 289) Our program, THP is striving to eliminate hunger and diseases in the poorest and most isolated rural villages in Afghanistan.

THP listens to people, without predetermined ideas, to identify and address their needs, resulting in greater community involvement and long – lasting impact.

TACT (THP) is committed to carry out and scale up nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions that will improve the nutritional status of women and children in remote areas of Afghanistan.

Per NNS 2013, micronutrient deficiencies are widespread in Afghanistan. Anemia (Hb levels ≺ 11.99gm/dl), was common in women of reproductive age (40.4%) and among children 6-59 months of age (44.9%). Vitamin A deficiency was markedly more common in children 6-59 months of age (50.4%) than among women of reproductive age (11.3%). As per WHO classification, the prevalence of vitamin A among children 6-59 months is a severe public health problem for Afghanistan. Zinc deficiency was observed in both women and children, with a prevalence of 23.4% and 15.1% respectively. Similarly, Iodine deficiency was fairly common among both women of reproductive age and children 7-12 years of age, with a prevalence of 40.8% and 29.5% respectively. Majority of women of reproductive age and children 6-59 months (81.0%) were found to be deficient in vitamin D.

The sanitation situation is poor in Afghanistan; only 39 percent of the populations have access to improved sanitation (ALCS 2013-14). There is still widespread lack of basic infrastructure for water and sanitation implies high risks of potentially fatal diseases, and is especially detrimental for the health and survival chances and affects the nutrition status of infants and young children

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The TACT Health Program (TACTHP) is a project that aims to increase awareness on health to Afghans especially youths and women through health education programs. The program also enlightens the population about prevention and mitigation measures against different diseases that are locally observed and expand their knowledge portfolio to a set of health care best practices. The projects mission is to create healthy services to the Afghans through health education and first aid kits leading to the reduction of disease and hence increase the nation’s productivity.

We all know that a sick body costs more than a preventive approach. Through this project we encourage youths and women to take part in their health security measures. Imagine a community that, even with scarce resources, can maintain their health and can help solve real life problems in their neighborhood to lead to a sick free Afghanistan. We shall create Youth healthy clubs all over Afghanistan to increase exposure and capacity building in these respective domains.

The TACT health project will focus but not limited to the following three major areas:

  1. Health Education on youths and women: Youths are the present and future for Afghanistan; hence by educating them on the basic healthy facts, we sustain and guarantee a positive future of our country. Women are the mothers of the nation, by providing them with the basic healthy skills and knowledge, we promise to our children and future leaders a good healthy life.
  2. Water and sanitation trainings (WASH): Knowledge to water and sanitation is a basic requirement and necessity to our existence. With this project we emphasize on making sure that even in water scarce situations, the population knows about how to efficiently and effectively use and manage water and keep clean even in water shortage situations.
  3. Nutrition Education: Knowing to cook is a useful skill but knowing to cook a healthy and nutritious food is priceless. Through this project we educate the youths and women on how useful a healthy nutrition is and how they can prepare nutritious foods. Through different donors and grants, we also provide food to people in need.

TACT is partnering with Mavis Health Limited to use the power of education and technology with the aid of our e-HEAL (Electronic Health Education in Any Language) Talking Books as a simple-to-use social behavior change communication (SBCC) tool to help pass life-saving messages on health and other social interventions such as prevention of gender based violence (GBV). These messages can be in local languages (e.g. Pashto, Dari, etc.) to enable young women, caregivers, lactating mothers and households that are preliterate (cannot read and write) better care for themselves and their newborns.

 Talking Book and Mavis Digital Pen is an effective tool for peer learning. With an established fact that peers reinforce new learning and adopt new behaviors. The Talking Books™ are interactive, audio-visual tools that makes learning very simple, engaging and exciting by making quality content prepared by health experts easily available to the target learners (women of childbearing age) in a language that they understand (e.g. Pashto, Dari, etc). To use the Talking Books™, the user simply turns on the Mavis digital Pen™ and taps on the pages (texts or images) of the specially printed digital paper books to enter an exciting new world of interactive audio on paper to gain information on nutrition, hygiene and more.

TACT is employing peer learning model for young women and caregivers to channel key messages on nutrition and hygiene. This BCC has been proven to be a powerful means to inform young women and caregivers about nutrition and hygiene that improve maternal and child health. What is very cost effective about the technology is that the Talking Book and Mavis digital ben can be used by group of women in multiple turns. Hence many young women and caregivers can be reached using the technology.

Using Talking Book to prevent gender based violence (GBV) in the community

TACT has designed model to use the Talking Book technology to channel key messages to head of households and young women on prevention of GBV. The Talking Book is now a self-educative and counselling platform to prevent GBV in households and empower women with the right information on how to manage and avoid GBV.