The Afghan Family Guidance Association (AFGA) was established in 1968 and today delivers a comprehensive range of sexual and reproductive health services and programmes.
The country has some of the poorest sexual and reproductive health (SRH) statistics in the world, including:
- 1 in 8 lifetime risk of maternal death
- 13% of women aged 15-19 give birth annually
- 28% of children die before they reach their 5th birthday
In the light of such fierce challenges, AFGA’s work is vital. Activity was suspended between 1992 and 2002 owing to war and conflict, but now the organization has permanent clinics and mobile facilities.
AFGA’s Family Welfare Centres (located in Kabul, Herat and Jalalabad) provide information on contraceptives, and free contraception; counselling on family planning, adolescent health and HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment; antenatal and post-natal care (where no government-run facilities are readily accessible); screening and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs); basic infertility treatment; and referral of complicated cases to hospital departments.