Publish Date: 25 October 2018
Healthcare professionals and the general public perceive the need for human capital investment and skills development in the Afghan medical sector; investment into the sector is needed as is the availability of qualified staff proficient in the use of medical technology. Internships provided through USAID Women in the Economy (WIE) are giving Afghan women the work experience they need to find jobs in the healthcare sector.
Ghada is a 22 year old from Sheberghan city located in the northern Afghan province of Jawzjan. A recent graduate from a local health science institute, she was unable to find work due to a lack of practical experience. After being accepted into WIE’s internship program, she and four other interns were placed as midwife-nurse interns at the Jawzjan Al Hayat Hospital in Sheberghan.
Ghada excelled in her work as well as the ability to communicate well with female patients. She was given the opportunity to receive on-the -job training from qualified Toshiba trainers to learn how to operate the computerized tomography (CT) scan machine which produces multiple x-ray images of bones, blood vessels, and soft tissues inside the body. Ghada is now the first female able to operate the CT scan.
“I notice that more women are coming to the hospital as compared to when only men were operating the machines; female patients will naturally be more comfortable with a female medical assistant. As more women learn medical technology skills, this will prompt more women to get the medical attention they need,” says Ghada..
Jawzjan Al Hayat Hospital is committed to offer permanent employment opportunities to well-deserved interns provided by the WIE Internship Program.Women in the Economy is a four-year program working to place 21,000 women between the ages of 18-30 into new or better jobs.