Mazar Regional Management Office (MRMO) is one of the regional offices of the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan in the North. This office implements Disability, Rural Development, Education and Health projects in 16 districts more than 1000 villages in Balkh, Jawzjan and Samangan provinces.
Swedish Committee for Afghanistan has a Liaison Office in Jawzjan where it implements the Citizen Charter National Priority Program (CCNPP) in Shibirghan and Faiz Abad districts of Jawzjan Province with 202 Community Development Councils (CDCs). The CCNPP covers two districts and a total of 44785 households are benefiting from this project.
Disability Project of Mazar Regional Management Office is working in 15 districts and 297 villages of Balkh, Jawzjan and Samangan provinces. This project implements both community and institutional-based rehabilitation programs along with the inclusion of disability in health, rural development, and education programs.
In 2016, the disability program started training physiotherapists for the five provinces in the north. In the first batch, a total of 40 physiotherapists graduated from this three-year program in 2019. In 2020, the second batch has been started with 47 male and female students from the eight north and northeastern provinces which will be graduated in 2022.
The main objective of the disability program is full inclusion of persons with disabilities in Afghan society; a society in which men and women with disabilities enjoy equal rights with all others to health, education, employment, and participation in public life and in which they are protected from all forms of violence.
The main purpose of the rural development program is to work for sustainable development of targeted communities to increase productivity in rural areas and alleviation poverty, involve people in planning and development through their participation in decision making and creating job opportunities where the people are suffering problems and don’t have access to the first living services. The Rural Development Program of Mazar Regional Management Office implements Community Governance and Livelihood Projects (CGLP) in Balkh and Samangan as well implementation of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Construction of education aid and health aid projects are also part of the Rural Development Program in Balkh and Samangan while CGLP supports SCA’s target groups to strengthen their governance role as well as to improve quality of their lives., WASH facilitate universal access of targeted communities to safe drinking water, hygiene awareness and lead them to the sanitation ladder through Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS).
Education Project in Mazar Regional Management Office covers 10 districts and 3 main cities in Balkh, Jawzjan and Samangan Provinces. A total of 4375 Children (1639 boys and 2736 girls are studying in 215 CBE classes, 252 girls are studying in 10 Coaching Classes, a total of 1119 students that need special support in mainstream schools are supporting by education project. Capacity building is also part of the education project which provides training for the teachers and education department authorities.
Also, the education project supports the Teacher Elected Councils (TEC) in Balkh and Samangan provinces. The support includes capacity building, financial and technical support and supporting them in advocacy activities.
Health Project in Mazar Regional Management Office implements School Health and Learning for Healthy Life projects in Balkh and Samangan provinces.
The main purpose of the School Health program is to ensure better health and environmental conditions that promote the educational process and the cognitive abilities of the school children, to ensure that school children have adequate health conditions, reduce morbidity and absenteeism among school children, establish healthy school environment conducive for effective learning, provide the children with the knowledge that promotes healthy attitudes and behaviors, prepare the school children to lead a healthier life in the future and emphasize the role of the schools in promoting health in their communities.
Since 2018, School Health Program covered 13 schools and a total of 6000 students received health check-ups. Also, 50 school teachers received capacity-building training about school health.
Learning Healthy Life (LHL) is an approach used as a health-focused learning method to empower women and raise their awareness about health.
LHL can be considered as one of such innovative interventions introduced to its health program. The LHL project is in line with the Ministry of Education Policy to improve health awareness and service utilization and reduction of literacy among women.
The main purpose of this project is to empower women to decide for their health, train illiterate women to read and write, increase utilization of reproductive health services, increasing general, gender and human rights awareness, encourage students to learn subject with daily life and learn simple mathematics.
LHL program started in 2018 in MRMO and a total of 3200 women graduated from LHL classes in Balkh and Samangan provinces.