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Last updated: April 18, 2020

April 18, 2020

“It is no longer business as usual. Coronavirus is with us in Afghanistan”, says Dr. Hizbullah Jalil, a Zoonotic Disease Surveillance Officer, leading the Ministry of Public Health’s team investigating suspected COVID-19 cases in Afghanistan. The country is fighting several enemies: lack of security, poverty, low literacy levels, vaccine-preventable diseases, and now the highly contagious coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

December 15, 2019

In Afghanistan, women make up 34 percent of teachers (Source: The World Bank 2017). This limits girls and women from participating fully in society, as some families prohibit their daughters from interacting with male teachers. One Afghan woman has been changing this trend her entire life.

December 4, 2019

Fatima Abbasi graduated from Ghazni University three years ago as the only female horticulture student in her class. She still remembers the discouragement from her fellow students telling her to forget her studies, forgo her ambitions, and to go back home. She nearly gave up. Worse, after graduation, with no work experience, she could not find a job in this male-dominated sector.

December 4, 2019

Unemployment and underemployment is a pervasive problem across Afghanistan, fueled by decades of conflict. While urban centers around the country have more employment and business opportunities, marginalized segments of population face additional challenges finding employment. USAID has projects specifically focused on creating job and business opportunities for marginalized populations, including internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees, women, and youth.

November 27, 2019

All over the world, there are obstacles blocking women’s progress in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). In Afghanistan, USAID is trying to address this though our Promote Women Scholarship Program. Promote Scholars enrol in post-graduate degree programs in India followed by internships in Afghanistan.

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