In June 2003, EMERGENCY opened a Maternity and Gynaecology Centre, adjacent to the Medical and Surgical Centre in the village of Anabah, in the Northern Panjshir Valley. This facility provides free-of-charge, qualified assistance in an area with one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world. The Centre deals with an average of 130 births per month.
To guarantee assistance to the population living in the most remote and underserved areas, EMERGENCY created a network of Primary Health Centres equipped for antenatal and post-partum care. Furthermore, to provide some assistance to the many women who still prefer to give birth at home, a Childbirth Education Programme was initiated in late 2005, with the distribution of sanitary kits to improve hygiene and prevent infection.
ANABAH MATERNITY CENTRE KEY FACTS
Date opened: June 2003
Number of Outpatient Consultations: 106,356
Number of Admitted Patients: 27,594
Number of Surgeries: 5,811
Number of babies born: 18,792
Activities: Obstetrics and gynaecology, neonatal care
Capacity: 25 beds
National Staff: medical 26, non-medical 7
Facilities: an obstetrics ward and an internal medicine ward (combined 17-bed capacity), an outpatients’ department (OPD), an operating theatre, a 5-bed intensive care unit (ICU), a 3-bed isolation ward, a maternity ward, a nursery, an ultrasound room, a delivery room, and diagnostic, technical and auxiliary services shared with the EMERGENCY Medical and Surgical Centre.
Data as of March 2013