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Transforming Lives

Ghada, first female CT scan operator at Jawzjan hospital

Health care professionals and the general public perceive the need for human capital investment and skills development in the Afghan medical sector; investment into the sector is needed as is the availability of qualified staff proficient in the use of medical technology. Internships provided through USAID Promote: Women in the Economy (WIE) are giving Afghan women the work experience they need to find jobs in the healthcare sector.

DABS employees take inventory of utility’s assets for a digital assets database.

Managing a national electric utility in a poor, unstable country such as Afghanistan is challenging on many fronts, not the least of which is maintaining financial records. The utility Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), established in 2008, had been processing all financial records by-hand. Consequently, annual financial audits contained serious disclaimers, DABS was late paying employees and filing taxes, and donors were hesitant to disburse money through DABS’ financial systems.

Mahsuma Sultani is running a factory in Mazar-e-Sharef.

“The dream I have for my future, is to run my own fashion production company, where we create our own clothing designs,” twenty-two-year-old Mahsuma Sultani Jawana graduate said.

The project provided solar panel to 220 girls’ schools.

Under the USAID Strengthening Education in Afghanistan Phase II project, 220 girls schools across Afghanistan have been equipped with solar panel technology to help provide electricity to enable better teaching and learning – including the Abubakar Sidiq Girls High School.

Abdul Khaliq tests the electric hand provided by USAID

Abdul Khaliq, 27, lives in a small house with his family in Laghman province. Khaliq is a double amputee; however, unlike most of the estimated 43,528 amputees in Afghanistan, he is able to grasp objects and perform routine daily tasks through the use of an electric hand provided to him through USAID’s Afghan Civilian Assistance Program (ACAP III).

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Last updated: July 17, 2017

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