Academic Projects Afghanistan Aga Khan University

Academic Projects Afghanistan, Aga Khan University (APA-AKU) has a mandate to support human resource development in health and education sectors in Afghanistan, through providing technical support to ministries of Public Health and Higher Education. Specifically, APA-AKU has been working with Ghazanfar Institute of Health Sciences (GIHS), Kabul and its regional institutes; Kabul Medical University (KMU) and French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC), in nursing, midwifery and postgraduate medical education. Since 2002 support has been provided to over 1500 nurses and midwives for their diploma programmes. Over 2000 health and education personnel have been trained in Pakistan and Afghanistan in short and long courses to enhance their knowledge and skills. APA-AKU also supports a diploma nursing education program in Faizabad, with Badakhshan Institute of Health Sciences; supports Community Health Nursing Education Program of Aga Khan Health Service, Afghanistan and also runs a maternal and new born surveillance system research project in selected districts of Badakhshan. Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery (AKU-SoNaM) has been providing technical assistance to strengthen the quality of Nursing and Midwifery Education in Afghanistan since 2002, through AKU-APA. In 2012, a Training and Policy Unit (TPU) has been established at the GIHS, which is the focal reference of the Institutes of Health Sciences (IHSs) system in Afghanistan.  The TPU-GIHS is responsible for the development and revision of the curriculums, standards and policies related to nursing and midwifery education and build capacity of trainers from GIHS as well as regional IHSs for effective implementation of revised curriculum, standards and policies. During the revision of general nursing and midwifery diploma programmes a Standard English curriculum was developed for the IHS system.