LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Capt. Jason Merchant, the company commander of Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ironman from Dysart, Iowa, hands out cards Dec. (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Lauren Hyman of Texarkana, Texas, armored vehicle driver for the 64th Military Police Company based at Combat Oupost Fortress, says hello to an (click for more)
LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Taylor Gingrich, an infantry officer from Cedar Falls, Iowa, with Task Force Ironman, draws a smile from an Afghan boy as Gingrich (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Brian Stowe, a human resources specialist from Elkmont, Ala., with Task Force Knighthawk, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, sings a ballad he wrote and (click for more)
PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Servicemembers defend the wall after an improvised explosive device detonates on Forward Operating Base Lightning Dec. 5. (click for more)
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan and French military chiefs conduct a briefing before deployment during a security operation. Afghan National Security Forces and French Task Force Richelieu conducted Operation Montevideo (click for more)
PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Phil Compton, Doty, Wash., Panjshir PRT engineer, and PRT local Afghan engineer Abid Wardak check the structural integrity of the retaining (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan family looks at their new family member after she was delivered by the Polish Army medical team at Forward Operating Base Warrior Jan. 3. (click for more)
KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, maneuver through Sabari District during patrols to disrupt insurgent activity in the (click for more)
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Shawn Fouste, Decatur, Ill., noncommissioned officer in charge of the Freedom Restoration Center with the 455th Expeditionary Wing, Task Force Med, plays with (click for more)
This was the first project completed by the government since the new Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team arrived Oct. 31.
The $66,000 construction job, which took more than year and a half, added a waiting room, a food storage room for helping malnourished children and a delivery room to the clinics.
“The completion of the two clinics in Dari Noor District show how GIRoA can step up to the plate and take control of their country,” said U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. James Elliott, a Richburg, S.C., native and Nangarhar PRT civil engineer. “They are projects the Afghans can take pride in. Furthermore, after speaking with the doctors who will inherit each of the clinics, they are thankful and appreciative of support provided by the PRT.”
Afghanistan’s health system ranks 173 out of 190 countries according to the World Health Organization in 2000 (the most recent year ranking occurred). Because of this, the PRT placed an emphasis on improving the healthcare infrastructure in Nangarhar. Over the past six years, the provincial government worked side-by-side with the PRT on about 40 different projects related to healthcare in Nangarhar.
These two clinics will serve roughly 25,000 people in Dari Noor and assist in delivering approximately 75 children per month, said Dr. Baz. Mohammad Shirzad, provincial public health director.
Shirzad also praised the PRT for their assistance with the clinic, citing the location of the centers as the main advantage of this project. Because the clinics are built in a highly rural area, the people of Dari Noor who are rarely able to use the more advanced urban hospitals now have a viable, sophisticated healthcare option readily available.
Beyond improving the public health situation in Dari Noor, this construction project also helped boost the local economy, said Javed Khan, director of Shakil Javed Construction Company, the organization who completed the refurbishments. The entire task employed 24 Afghan workers, all of whom, from the unskilled labourers to the building’s engineer and supervisor, were locals from Dari Noor.
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