TACT Healthcare Programme
Today’s Afghanistan Conciliation Trust – TACT is registered with the Ministry of Public Health (Reg. No. # 617) 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 commitd 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