Afghan Health & Development Services
A non-profit,  501(C)(3), tax exempt, established in 1990.

for a healthy society


AHDS has plan to incease access to education for girls and improve quality of teaching in Afghanistan Education System. The project will be started from Samangan and will be expanded to other provinces. Generally, the target groups are school aged children and the teachers with focus on girl students and female teachers. Due to conservative traditions and insecurity, girls cannot attend far away schools and in parts of the country are not allowed to attend nearby schools; if they are above 12 years old. AHDS, recently had a context analysis and needs assessment survey; Education for Girls in Samangan Province. details... 


Midwifery, Nursing and Allied Schools 
Goal is to enhance the academic quality and operations in order to serve the people of Afghanistan by creating an atmosphere of excellence that prepares health care providers to meet the needs of the country for quality nursing, midwifery and allied health personnel. 

The objectives are:

  • Enhance schools’ academic/learning environments
  • Strengthen teaching competencies of faculties
  • Update the curricula to meet international standard
  • Emphasize on clinical competencies as part of the total curriculum
  • Reform and enhance administrative functions including policies and proceduresIntroduce current assessment, monitoring and evaluation processes for students, faculty and programs 
AHDS has provided education opportunity for girls and boys in:

Kandahar Institute of Health Sciences:

  • Midwifery School
  • Nursing School
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Community Health Nurse Education
  • Community Midwifery Education


  • Community Midwifery Education
  • Community Health Nurse Education


The standardized curricula ensure:

  • Competency-based learning
  • Skill focused
  • Skill development on simulators (anatomic models) before going to clinical practice
  • Clinical practice and skill development in hospital
  • Problem-based approach to enable graduates to manage problems and think more critically
  • Knowledge, skills and attitudes that is necessary for providing the service


  • The national Concur examination for all graduates of high school (by ministry of higher education)
  • Entry examination in Kandahar aiming to absorb students from the region (Kandahar and neighboring provinces) to work for the local communities
  • Nominees by the community committee (Shura) with strong promise to serve their own people


Accreditation is done by the Afghanistan Midwifery and Nursing Education Accreditation Body with is an independent agency.

School Health

ADHS is piloting a school health program in partnership with Save the Children in Urozgan Province.

The aim is to improve the general health of school age children in Urozgan and to prevent sickness, disability and accidents.








The main activities are:

  • Support the children to set up Children’s Groups
  •  Hygiene and health education and disability-prevention education for children
  • Enable Children’s Groups to identify actions they can take to prevent disease and disability and support those groups to achieve their goals.
  • Build the capacity of school staff and parents so that they are aware of and act on the early warning signs of illnesses and prevent disease and disability 
  • Health screening for all children as they enter school for the first time

Hygiene and health education

Training workshops have been conducted for the students, teachers and parents. The training workshops cover importance of general health, first-aid, hygiene, healthy environment, infectious diseases prevention and disability prevention.  









Children Groups: are actively raising community awareness through: 

  • Child to child health education
  • Parents meetings
  • Meeting with teachers
  • Meeting with community health workers, health committee members, elders, religious leaders (Mulahs)
  • Children’s live radio program
  • Practical work in community to realize personal and environmental hygiene e.g. cleaning schools and streets

Health screening:

  •  Orientation session on health-screening procedure and follow ups for the health and education authorities and schools
  •  One teacher in each school was trained as focal point for children's health screening
  •  Male and female nurses help the teachers in health screening of the children
  • Workshop for teachers on the value and how to keep health record 
  • Health record archives are established one at each school
  • Monitoring checklist is designed for children health screening
  • Referral system is established between the schools and health facilities
  • Health screening is performed not only for the school children but for the out-of-school children (brought by their friends) as well The intention is to study the outcomes of the program  and lobby for replicating it in all the schools.


News & Events

Open letter: Effective targets to promote Sustainable Peace click -here  

AHDS would like to develop a tailor made Management Information System (MIS) and invites professional IT/Software Developing companies to participate in the bid. 

AHDS developed its five years Strategic Plan (2014-2018), Click here for the summary. 

AHDS received an award from Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health and AMNEAB for the Best Midwifery Education in Kandahar and Urozgan provinces (photos).

Afghanistan's Ministry of Economics recognizes Afghan Health and Development Services (AHDS).   Click here to view certificate of recognition.

Click here to review AHDS' Form 990 (2015) 


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