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The SPRINT Initiative was designed to address the gaps in the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP). This outlines the minimum standard of reproductive health care in crises settings. It is internationally recognized and can mean the difference between life and death. We work around the world to save lives in crisis situations:
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:
You’re pregnant, living at home, expecting to give birth in a few weeks’ time with the assistance of staff at your local clinic.
But then disaster strikes. It could be a typhoon, or a tsunami. Perhaps it’s the arrival in your area of armed groups who threaten your safety and that of your family.
You flee and then find yourself in a makeshift camp where nothing is certain anymore.
Bad enough you’ve left everything you own behind. Bad enough you no longer feel safe - you can’t lock a tent door.
16 year old Adla lives in a small village just outside of Kabul, Afghanistan. Although there are strong memories of war within the community there is also a future of opportunities for brave, young leaders.
However, a tough hurdle to manage is child marriage. This tradition is driven largely by poverty and economic pressures. The situation is worsened by poor access to sexual and reproductive health services and little knowledge of these. As a result, pregnancy related illness is untreated and Afghanistan has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the region.