With the summer education session coming to an end, AIL is grateful for all the hard work of AIL teachers and staff. Our children are safe and happy in our schools, and one way we keep them that way is vaccines! Whether holding outreach sessions for parents, handing out information in our clinics or having our community health workers visit homes, AIL is on the front lines of protecting our kids from disease. Vaccines are the best medicine for so many diseases. Sick children can’t learn. Stressed children can’t learn. Prevention is the best way to treat the measles. Never getting rubella is the best medicine for treating rubella. Since January our staff has vaccinated more than 32,000 people in Afghanistan! Rural Afghanistan doesn’t always have electricity. AIL is lucky to have solar powered refrigerators to store our vaccines in. This is one more reason AIL is so trusted by our communities, and loved, too.
Like groups all across the globe reaching out to families in poor areas, AIL focuses on vaccines because these areas don’t have access to healthcare the same way other nations do. In Herat or Kabul, Bagdhis and Wardok, health centers are few and far between. Children who get the measles die at far higher rates than those in nations with access to advanced medical systems, or any health system. Nurses and doctors in Afghanistan understand that better than most. The women we train in first aid and as community health workers are the difference between some healthcare and no healthcare. Everything we can do to prevent illness, we do. This is also why AIL educates on nutrition, sanitation and reproductive health. Prevention is the best way to treat so many diseases. There are those we can’t prevent, and those we do our best to treat.