Assistance for Families and Indigent Afghans to Thrive (AFIAT)

Project Overview

With the ultimate goal of improving health outcomes—particularly for women of childbearing age and preschool children—in rural and peri-urban parts of Afghanistan, MSH is implementing the five-year USAID Assistance for Families and Indigent Afghans to Thrive (AFIAT) program. 

Working alongside a consortium of local and international partners, MSH will focus on: 

  • Improving the quality of primary and secondary health and nutrition services in targeted rural areas

  • Increasing access to high-impact and evidence-based health and nutrition services

  • Enhancing adoption of optimal health and nutrition behaviors by communities and households

  • Strengthening the government of Afghanistan’s commitment and capacity to plan, finance, and manage the health system in both the public and private sectors

To provide collaborative, customized, and flexible technical assistance that empowers Afghan counterparts to develop and implement their own solutions, MSH’s diverse consortium includes several local partners. Core partner Emerging Leaders Consulting Services (ELCS), an Afghan firm, will bring local expertise in research, governance, public health, and health system strengthening. Local grantees include the Afghan Social Marketing Organization, which will help to bridge the public and private sectors through social marketing of health products, and the Afghan Midwives Association to support the professionalization of midwifery.

Among MSH’s core global partners, Overseas Strategic Consulting (OSC) will work to increase healthy practices and positive social norms and UMass-Amherst will pilot an innovative accelerated literacy program for women, in collaboration with a local learning institution. Global innovation partners include PharmAccess and the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).