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Since 2002, HumaniTerra has been committed to improving the treatment of patients operated at the Herat Pilot Burn Centre for Severe Burn Victims, which was created by the association in 2007. A HumaniTerra team present in Herat ensured continuity of paramedical personnel training from 2007 to 2012.

HumaniTerra also equipped the Herat Province hospital operating theatre in 2010. Annual teaching missions are organized in orthopedics. Since 2008, within the scope of its missions on behalf of severe burn victims, HumaniTerra has also organized a prevention campaign to raise awareness of self-immolation within the population of young women, with very positive results.

Creation of a Pilot Centre for Severe Burn Victims in Herat and Reconstructive Care Missions

Present since 2002, HumaniTerra organizes reconstructive surgery missions on an annual basis for severe burn victims at the Herat General Hospital, close to the Iranian border.

In 2007, in response to the recurring phenomena of self-immolation by very young women in the local population, in addition to the exceptionally rough and rudimentary treatment conditions, HumaniTerra opened a Pilot Centre in Herat.

Today, the Herat Burn Centre treats 700 patients per year, meeting international standards. The treatment centre is a place for preventive medicine, care and post-traumatic after-care thanks to the combined efforts of the various partners taking part in this project, under the supervision of HumaniTerra and the Afghan Health Ministry. In 2009, after a hospital reform, the care unit became a national training centre.

Since 2008, the programme coordinator nurse Marie-José Brunel has contributed to the training of more than thirty-six members of the Herat Center for Severe Burn Victims paramedical personnel over the course of the sixteen months she spent in the field. HumaniTerra Head of Mission in Herat, Ms. Brunel has co-written a book with Dorothée Olliéric, reporter for the France 2 television channel. Published by the editor Grasset, the work is entitled “S’immoler à 20 ans, une infirmière française en Afghanistan témoigne” (Self-immolation at 20 years old, a French nurse in Afghanistan shares her story). All royalties for this book have been donated to HumaniTerra.

Partners: EuropeAid, Foundation Veolia Environnement (sterilization).

Self-Immolation Prevention Campaign in Herat Province (2008-2012)

Since 2008, HumaniTerra has been leading a prevention campaign against the self-immolation of young women in Western Afghanistan. HumaniTerra selected two local partners, Voice of Women Organization (VOW) and Women Life Care (WLC) to successfully carry out these actions. They are responsible for raising awareness and identifying families and women at risk in order to direct them to appropriate centres.

Within the scope of this prevention campaign, HumaniTerra was in charge of leading actions intended to raise awareness, such as public showings of documentary films and debates that were organized by its partner organization Voice of Women Organization under the supervision of the HumaniTerra delegation in Herat.

The first phase of the campaign took place from 2008-2009, and touched more than 20,000 people. The result was a remarkable decrease in the number of young women admitted to the Herat Pilot Burn Centre for self-immolation. Thanks to this success, the campaign continued until January 2012.

To mark the end of the last phase of this prevention campaign, HumaniTerra took stock of its very positive results: in particular an 80% drop in cases of suicide by self-immolation at the Herat Hospital in four years. (In 2010-2011, 147 cases of suicide by self-immolation were recorded, compared to 350 cases solely in 2007 prior to the first phase of the campaign.)

These results are the fruit of an active awareness campaign: during the campaign phase in 2011-2012, seven video and audio segments were created and broadcast on local television and radio stations for six months. The Voice of Women Organization organized meetings and projections followed by debates in the hospitals and communities of the Herat, Ghor and Bagdhi Provinces, reaching more than 13,000 participants.

A sociological investigation was also implemented by an Afghan operator under HumaniTerra’s supervision. Women Life Care survey team members interviewed more than 1,300 Afghan households, in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods of Herat. The results of this survey are being studied by a French sociologist and will be sent to all of our Afghan partners.

View the prevention campaign videos broadcast on Afghan TV

Partners: Voice of Women (VWO), Women Life Care Organization (WLC), French Development Agency, UNICEF, Fondation Pinault Printemps la Redoute, Éditions Grasset.

Development of the Services and the Quality of Surgical Care in the Herat Regional Hospital: Herat Operating Theatre Project (HOT)

After years of work reinforcing the skills of the reconstructive and orthopedic surgery teams, HumaniTerra has undertaken, in collaboration with the Italian and Japanese cooperations in Afghanistan, an ambitious project to restructure the Herat Regional Hospital’s operating theatres.

Reinforcing the medical skills enabled the first total hip replacement to be performed by an Afghan team in 2007, with HumaniTerra experts. In 2008, three prosthetics were fitted by Afghan surgeons. Since then, more than a hundred prosthetics have been fitted by the surgical team trained by HumaniTerra.

In 2009, a large modern and robust operating theatre was installed by HumaniTerra in the Herat General Hospital: the Herat Operating Theatre Project (HOT).

Partners: Japanese and Italian Cooperation



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