Urban Health Initiative


The Urban Health Initiative (UHI), funded by USAID, is working to improve health outcomes of people living in Afghanistan’s urban areas, particularly women and children and other vulnerable populations.

UHI works to improve public and private health service delivery in the five urban areas of Kabul, Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar and Mazar-e-Sharif by:

  • Strengthening the Ministry of Public Health’s capacity and stewardship
  • Improving access to critical primary and lifesaving secondary and referral care TB health services 
  • Improving the quality of public and private health services
  • Building capacity of health care workers
  • Supporting drug-resistant TB program implementation and active contact investigation
  • Improving people’s awareness of health care services and behaviors

The Jhpiego-led consortium implementing this program includes MSH, CARE, Intellecap, Internews, BAO Systems, Project ECHO, Terre des Hommes, Viamo, as well as local Afghan organizations.

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Join MSH at the 54th Union World Conference on Lung Health

Centered on the theme, “Transforming Evidence into Practice,” and focused on our approaches in Ethiopia and Afghanistan, MSH colleagues will discuss tuberculosis prevention and treatment in post-conflict environments, engagement of local organizations to ensure the sustainability of TB programs, and development of public-private partnerships to elevate TB care delivery. Join us as we focus on converting research into tangible practice and champion evidence-based TB health policies and decision making. 

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Khalid Rahim

Portfolio Director

Project Contact

Khalid Rahim has 22 years of work experience in health care administration, public health, and program and project management. In 2010, he worked as a Senior Technical Advisor to the Minister of Public Health in Afghanistan. And in 2014, Rahim joined USAID Afghanistan as a Project Management Specialist, where he successfully managed large-scale projects focusing on pharmaceutical management and nutrition. As a Fulbright Scholar, Rahim earned a Master of Public Health from Saint Louis University and holds an MBA in International Healthcare Management/ International Hospital Management from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.

Donors & Partners


The United States Agency for International Development





BAO Systems, Project ECHO

Terre des Hommes


Agency for Assistance and Development of Afghanistan

Afghan Midwives Association

Afghan Social Marketing Organization