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I graduated as a Medical Doctor (MD) from Balkh Medical College, Balk University Afghanistan in 2004. Since my graduation, I have worked in different roles for Mother and Child Health (MCH) in my own country, Afghanistan. I started my work from a rural area, Bamyan province as a midwife trainer/supervisor with an international NGO- Aga Khan Health Services-Afghanistan (AKHS-A). Soon after, I was involved in the establishment of a Community Midwifery Education Programme (CMEP) in that province. During my years of work experience, my interest in children made me focus more on children. As nutrition programmes are mostly for children and childbearing age mothers, I was also given the responsibility of nutrition programmes in my organisation which made me able to establish baby friendly hospital initiatives (BFHI) in both Provincial hospitals in Badakhshan and Bamyan hospitals in Afghanistan with the support of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). A breast feeding programme was another nutrition programme that I started in the related health facilities of my organisation after training all MCH staff including midwives and female doctors in 2008... One of my main achievements for children was the initiation of an Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme. I designed and implemented this programme through the support of my organisation AKHS-A, after attending a science of ECD training (distance) conducted by Red River College, Canada. This programme is an integration of health components including nutrition with the education centres for children 3-6 years old in rural areas. All the health services and programmes of my organisation were in partnership with MoPH and other international/national communities at the country level.more
After ten years’ experience, I started my Master’s course at Bournemouth University in Public Health in 2014 and finished it in 2015. Interest in children made me to choose my Master’s course dissertation on children (the effects of childhood malnutrition on cognitive development in childhood and adulthood). During my Master’s course I learned that good Public Health could be achievable through a good health policy and management. I am pursuing this interest in my PhD programme which I started in January 2016.
- Ashrafi Dost, S., 2020. Factors that affect the management capacity, leadership and employee performance in the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), Afghanistan: an embedded single-case study. PhD Thesis. Bournemouth University, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences.
- 7th Annual Postgraduate Conference, Integration of health component in community based health centres, 20 Jan 2015, Bournemouth University
- International Paediatric Conference, Why breast feeding, 25 Feb 2010, Kabul, Afghanistan
- Children Violence, 24 Jun 2015
- Ages and stages questionnaire training, 14 Oct 2013
- Early Child Development (ECD), 01 Jan 2011, Grade Point average (GPA
- ToT, 09 May 2009, Certificates
- MSc in Public Health (Bournemouth University, 2014)
- MBBS in General Practitioner (Balk Medical College, Balkh University, Afghanistan, 2004)
- Afghanistan National Public Health Association (ANPHA), Member (2016-), http://www.anpha.af/
- CHAIN (Contacts, Help, Advice & Information Network) is an informal, multi-professional mutual support network in the field of Health & Social Care which originated 15 years ago in England., Member (2016-), http://chain.ulcc.ac.uk/chain/index.html