Assistance for Families and Indigent Afghans to Thrive (AFIAT)

Assistance for Families and Indigent Afghans to Thrive (AFIAT)


Assistance for Families and Indigent Afghans to Thrive (AFIAT) strives to improve the quality of primary and secondary health and nutrition services in targeted rural areas; increase access to high-impact and evidence-based health and nutrition services; enhance adoption of optimal health and nutrition behaviors by communities and households; coordinate and standardize medical supply management across all stakeholders; optimize registration and import procedures for medical commodities; and collaborate with partners to plan, finance, and manage resilient health services. 

By applying proven methods and innovations, our approach will result in sustainable improvements in maternal and child health, family planning and reproductive health, TB, and nutrition, particularly for women and preschool children, youth, men, and rural Afghans. To sustain these outcomes, we will work with partners to increase public and private investments in health and increase transparency and accountability.

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Kathleen Alvarez

Portfolio Director

Project Contact

Kathleen Alvarez, a portfolio director at MSH, oversees project directors and their global teams. Alvarez, who joined MSH in 2000, has held positions in both the US and overseas. Prior to joining us, she was the Founding Country Director for Pro Mujer Nicaragua, an international women’s microfinance and health organization; led programs in Central America, as the Assistant Director of Coffee Kids, an non-governmental organization focused on corporate social responsibility; and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia. Alvarez holds a Bachelor Degree in sociology, a Master’s degree in political science, and is fluent in Spanish.

Donors & Partners


United States Agency for International Development