Direct Relief has partnered with the Afghan Institute for Learning (AIL) and the Abbott Fund to help reverse the country’s high maternal mortality rate and increase the survival and overall health of infants and children.
Direct Relief and Abbott Fund began supporting AIL to train female midwives to provide skilled assistance during labor and delivery, as well as care for infants and children. Many children in Afghanistan are underweight, and some of these are moderate to severe cases. AIL instituted a nutrition education program at its clinics in Kabul anticipated to reach families. Clinic staff trains mothers of malnourished children how to cook healthy foods and teaches the women and children in the program about safe drinking water, how to prevent malnutrition, and other nutrition topics. To date, Abbott Fund has partnered with Direct Relief to provide grants to AIL. Abbott has provided product donations to AIL, including rehydration solutions, antibiotics, multivitamins, and nutritional supplements.
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