Solving the Health Care Crisis in Afghanistan

The people of Afghanistan have faced unprecedented challenges, and they are still struggling to recover after decades of turmoil. Perhaps one of the areas of greatest concern to both humanitarian organizations and the people of Afghanistan is the lack of health care. As the country works to rebuild its infrastructure and to establish public facilities, health care remains a primary need, despite continued pressure from humanitarian organizations and governmental departments. An understanding of both the current health care crisis and the solutions in place will provide direction to organizations that wish to help and ensure that the nation receives the aid that it requires.

Why Is Health Care a Challenge?

medical equipmentAs recently as 2003, less than 10% of Afghanistan’s population had access to medical care. Today, nearly 70% of the population now has access to the health care they need, according to the Ministry of Public Health. Over 20,000 health care volunteers spread across 2,200 health care facilities are helping the Ministry of Public Health to deliver services to the nation’s population. With so many individuals working to provide health care, why then does the health care system appear to be in crisis? Some of the problems, experts say, are caused by too many organizations trying to provide assistance with no oversight to ensure that efforts aren’t duplicated and that projects are prioritized.

As a result, while much of the population now lives near a health care facility, the reality is that oftentimes it may not be operational. Recurring staffing issues, a lack of basic health care services, and limited drug availability have hindered the effectiveness of neighborhood care centers, forcing patients to travel long distances in search of assistance. Free health care for citizens may seem appealing, but only if it is available when they actually need it.

What Does the Current Health Care System Look Like?

People seeking urgent care are often unable to find it quickly or easily. Many patients report that they have travelled through areas where fighting is still taking place, traversed areas filled with land mines, experienced harassment on their journeys, or passed through checkpoints in order to obtain medical care. Since patients are often scared to travel at night, family members often set up vigils in the hopes that they survive in order to make it to the hospital.

Difficult circumstances that prevent patients from reaching the hospital have caused some to put off seeking medical care for as long as possible. Nearly half the patients surveyed at one medical facility had waited more than a week before going to a hospital, while 60% of those with a malnourished child waited over a month to seek medical attention.

Going forward, the country must work to establish secure health care facilities, earn the trust of the people, and provide those medical services that are most needed. Women, children, and the elderly have traditionally been among the groups most underserved in the field of health care, and efforts have focused on them with great success. Infant mortality rates have dropped dramatically, as have the number of women who have died during childbirth or as a complication of giving birth.

How Are Organizations Working to Remedy the Situation?

Humanitarian efforts, such as those led by Ehsan Bayat and the Bayat Foundation, concentrate on finding solutions to the health care crisis. Government leaders and health care providers are partnering with local communities to ensure that smaller, community-style health care facilities are adequately equipped and staffed to handle the majority of residents’ needs. As the basic needs of the people are met—including access to clean water, pre- and post-natal care for expectant mothers and babies, immunizations, and regular checkups—the people of Afghanistan are obtaining better health care than ever before.

In addition, humanitarian groups are seeking qualified workers to staff health care facilities. They are particularly interested in hiring female health care workers to provide services to women, further improving their quality of life. Pediatricians and other medical professionals who specialize in pediatrics are also in high demand, as the number of children who now have access to health care has skyrocketed.

By partnering with other organizations that are already working within Afghanistan, humanitarian medical efforts have a greater chance of success. The work within the country requires an understanding of both its current struggles and history. Partnerships with humanitarian groups ensure that people have access to clean water and healthy food. In a nation where malnutrition and hunger are prevalent, addressing these basic needs must be a priority. While the progress within the country has been remarkable, there is still much work to be done. Virtually every area of life within Afghanistan centers around the health and happiness of the people living there. By addressing the population’s health care needs, the country will be able to create jobs, people will be able to work and start families, and the entire nation will benefit as a result.

What You Need to Know about Afghanistan’s Energy Independence

bayatenergylogoRecently, Bayat Energy began a partnership with the government of Afghanistan to develop a three-phase independent power production program. This $250 million investment plan will bring growth, stability, and opportunity to the Sheberghan community, and electricity to the nation as a whole.

In what would be the first gas-fired power plant built since the Soviet era, the Sheberghan power plant brings the latest in technology to Afghanistan, and will provide over 52 MW of power to the nation. By taking advantage of the gas supply present in the area, the plant will reduce the nation’s dependence on outside sources for electricity. In addition, the area will have a safe, reliable source for energy.

The second and third phases of the energy initiative involve further decreasing the nation’s energy dependence on outside sources by scaling the power capacity to over 200 MW in two separate phases. Furthermore, the plant will continue to adopt the newest and most efficient technologies to improve the production of energy, as well as the facility itself.

The power plant will bring jobs for both skilled and unskilled laborers, not only in the Sheberghan community where the plant will be built, but also in communities nationwide which will benefit from increased electricity access.

Dr. Ehsan Bayat has collaborated with humanitarian organizations in the nation of Afghanistan to improve the quality of life for all citizens, regardless of political, religious, or ethnic affiliation. His mission of restoring the dignity of the Afghan nation is moving forward, one project at a time.

Restoring Hope: How a Power Plant Can Boost the Future

Three decades of conflict have devastated the economy of Afghanistan. Marketplaces and infrastructure have crumbled, while employment opportunities have all but disappeared. The entire nation is struggling to rebuild.

In the aftermath of war, there is much to do. People need assistance finding safe, habitable places to live, not to mention jobs and a marketplace that offers food, clothing, and more. While outside nations have rushed to help, perhaps the largest (and most efficient) means of help must come from within. Few, however, have both the ability and the initiative to act. Fortunately, Dr. Ehsan Bayat is both able and motivated to aid the war-torn nation. For Dr. Bayat, this is more than just a terrible situation; it is an opportunity to act. Harnessing the resources of the Bayat Foundation, he strives to assist the most at-risk citizens of Afghanistan and bring hope to the nation.

The Bayat Foundation

The focus of the Bayat Foundation is to bring hope and healing to the neediest members of Afghanistan society. By providing for their basic necessities, the foundation can offer hope where there was none, and inspire a rising generation to build a brighter future for the nation. A consortium of donors has teamed up to find ways to meet the most elemental of needs within the country. They work primarily with women and children, those who face an uncertain future and would otherwise have little opportunity to improve their lives.

bayatfoundationlogoThousands of women benefit from the maternity care programs offered by the Bayat Foundation, which has constructed prenatal and postnatal care centers in eight provinces throughout the country. Women receive free pre-and post-natal care, as well as instruction in baby care. Thus, the mortality rate of women and children in Afghanistan has decreased, and the health of mothers and infants has dramatically improved.

Citizens have likewise benefited from the foundation’s well-water initiatives, which make clean water readily available for use in areas where there is no potable or running water. With the building of wells, clean water can be accessed for cooking, drinking, bathing, and other uses, improving health and preventing the spread of disease.

Family sponsorship programs support entire family groups, providing much-needed funds and supplies to cover necessities. As a result, children do not have to beg in the streets, so they have the opportunity to attend school. Additionally, families receive blankets, food, and clothing during the winter months, assistance that is particularly important in the most remote provinces.

Bayat Power Announces Three-Phase US$250M Investment Program To Accelerate Afghanistan’s Gas-Fired Power Industry

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Bayat Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bayat Energy(www.bayat-energy.com), an Afghan-owned, independent energy exploration, development and production company executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan today to enter into a partnership with Bayat Power for its three-phase, US$250M Independent Power Producer (IPP) investment program.

bayat-power-announces-three-phase-investment-programThe program’s first phase – Bayat Power 1 – is a 100% equity financed power plant to be located in Sheberghan, capital of Jawzjan Province which will have a 52MW capacity.  Subsequent phases will scale to more than 200MW of capacity, utilizing advanced aeroderivative technology.  The fully completed gas-fired power plant will be able to generate in excess of 200 MW of power and is expected to have an operational life of at least twenty-years.

“This project — the first privately financed gas-fired power plant in Afghanistan’s history — will harness the rich and plentiful gas resources available in the Sheberghan/Yatimtaq Region to help kick-start Afghanistan’s journey towards energy independence, help restore our domestic gas-to-power industry and develop our nation’s economy,”  Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, Chairman of Bayat Power stated.  “We look forward to working with the Afghan government, our technical partners, and most importantly, our fellow citizens, in our mission to create jobs and opportunities which benefit the entire nation.”

The MoU — approved during a meeting of Afghanistan’s Economic Council chaired by His Excellency, President Ashraf Ghani, onSunday, October 2nd — was signed by Dr. Bayat and Eng. Ali Ahmad Osmani, Minister of Energy and Water, in the presence of His Excellency President Ghani and Economic Council members on Monday, October 3rd.

About Bayat Energy:

Bayat Energy is Afghanistan’s leading Afghan Owned Oil and Gas exploration, Development and Production Company. Founded by Dr. Ehsan Bayat, the Chairman of The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), Bayat Energy is a division of The Bayat Group of companies, which include Afghan Wireless (www.afghan-wireless.com) Ariana Television and Radio (www.arianatelevsion.com), and additional Construction, Consumer and Logistics Enterprises. Learn more about how Bayat Energy is building an Afghan energy industry which will provide affordable, accessible to the Afghan people by visiting our website: www.bayat-energy.com

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Why Afghanistan Needs New Economic Support for Development

After years of war, Afghanistan’s economic development has been slow. As the country struggled with conflict, the economy floundered. This forced some citizens to flee the nation for safer, more financially stable living conditions, leaving behind many who were struggling.

The last few years have offered significant growth in the economic progress of Afghanistan. Business is slowly starting to return, and people are looking to find stable work in the formerly war-torn nation. Understanding the current climate of enterprise within the country will assist those interested in finding ways to help Afghan communities.

Current Struggles

afghanistan menThe current climate in Afghanistan is positive, but tentative. Business is growing in Afghanistan as native Afghans return to their homes after decades of war, but the situation remains less than ideal.

There is evidence showing a positive change in the livelihoods of people within the country, but the long-term stability of that success is uncertain. Programs are being implemented, both by NGOs and governmental organizations, but the marketplace is evolving so quickly that it is often hard for these assistance programs to keep up.

Employers must offer assurances of safety to their employees, resulting in workplaces surrounded by concertina-wire that employ armed security guards. The cost of doing business has been driven up by NGO’s, a result of landlords wanting first-world prices for third-world properties.

There is also no established supply chain, and infrastructure is unreliable. Roads are unpaved, electricity and telephone services are still being developed, and many areas within Afghanistan are still off-grid.

Enterprise Development and the Role of Government

In spite of these struggles, business is starting to expand. To facilitate the growth of economic development and new businesses, the government must offer support to both individuals and corporations. Streamlining the process of starting a business in the country will encourage Afghans to start businesses for themselves. Offering support to small- and medium-sized businesses within the nation will help increase their viability, while encouraging economic growth.

Individuals within the nation are faced with trying to secure loans and grants with limited documentation, or with little evidence of their ability to repay. Banking institutions working with Afghan businesses must change their processes to accommodate the unique needs of the people.

In addition, further development of funding sources from outside the nation must be made available to business owners. Education on the types of funding available, as well as support for how to manage their businesses, should be offered to new entrepreneurs as part of the government’s role in building the economy.

A Look toward the Future

Microbusiness opportunities within the country are essential to providing the Afghan people with the means to support themselves. Offering families the ability to own and operate their own businesses not only provides stability for family units, it supports the stability of the nation as a whole. As a business grows, it offers employment opportunities to others, giving them financial stability and the means to contribute to the economic growth of the nation.

International charitable organizations at work within the country must find means to meet the needs of the people while offering sustainability for the future. Aid funding must find balance between the global and regional market dynamics by providing jobs that have security within a shifting marketplace. An influx of funding may temporarily boost the economy, but to realize long-term change, there must be a change in attitude and practice in regards to business principles.

Afghanistan is wrestling with the introduction of modern business practices into a culture steeped in centuries-old traditions. The last 30 years have brought entrepreneurial opportunities with the upsurge of technology, resources and economic growth.

With more citizens able to access educational resources and training, the next generation is equipped to take their country even farther on the road to stability.  These new opportunities have strengthened the nation, and the emerging country is full of optimism for the future.