FUTURE means over 600 babies born every month at the Anabah Maternity Centre. FUTURE means the doctors and nurses who are training at the Centre right now, and who will take care of women’s health in the decades to come. FUTURE means long-term projects, sustainability, a high-quality healthcare system for a whole nation.

Welcome to Anabah:

The expanded Anabah Maternity Centre, opened in December 2016, is now in full swing. With over 600 births per month, the facility is a hive of activity, teeming with both staff and patients. Among these are dozens of Afghan women who are training to be the gynaecologists, midwives and nurses of the future. EMERGENCY UK will be focusing on their incredible journey, as women from across the Panjshir Valley and beyond come to Anabah and take the next step in their careers.

Najila’s Story:

“I’ve now nearly finished my first year of specialisation and am currently studying hard for my exams. I’ve wanted to be an obstetrician ever since I was a child. My mother is a midwife and my family constantly encouraged me to work hard and continue my education. I chose EMERGENCY’s maternity centre for my training because I have witnessed first-hand the standard and quality of care given to patients. In addition, both the international and national senior staff have provided an excellent level of training for us.” Najila, Resident Gynaecologist

A Specialist Training Facility

EMERGENCY began the training programme for obstetricians and gynaecologists at the Anabah Maternity Centre in 2011.

Trauma and general surgeons were already being trained in obstetric surgery, but a more comprehensive, female-focused programme was required due to barriers for male surgeons in treating pregnancy-related conditions before they became surgical emergencies. For this reason, only female doctors are enrolled on this training programme. Every year, EMERGENCY decides the number of residents that can access the specialisation programme in our centre depending on the resources and capacity available for the training. We accept a maximum of 4 junior doctors per year. In 2016, 3 resident doctors enrolled and are still on the programme. In 2017, we plan to accept 2 more junior doctors.

How Junior Doctors Access the Programme:

After finishing their general training, medical students in Afghanistan choose their specialisation and the hospital they’d like to be trained at. If the number of students applying for the hospital is higher than the available posts, the university creates a ranking based on the results of the entry exams. In the case of the Maternity Centre, EMERGENCY makes a further selection of the students, primarily based on their level of English, as proficiency is an essential requirement of working in our team. During a five-year specialisation course, our students follow the curriculum that is provided by the Afghan Ministry of Health. In addition, EMERGENCY’s senior doctors set objectives and skills to be acquired. EMERGENCY is responsible for the students’ theoretical training. Our senior doctors organise lectures, case presentations and conferences for them. The junior doctors are included in the hospital staff timetable, so that they may acquire practical skills and training whilst on the job. The curriculum of study includes classes such as Anatomy, High Risk Pregnancies, Prenatal Care, Family Planning, Physiology and all other specific and relevant subjects for an Obstetrics & Gynaecology residency programme. Every April, a compulsory exam decides whether students may pass on to the next year of the programme.