Afghans living outside Uruzgan province tend to view Uruzgan as a dangerous, conservative and isolated province. Due to very low media coverage of Uruzgan, this perception is based on limited information which does not present a comprehensive picture. There has for example been a rapid change in women’s participation across several areas. Two years ago, women were hardly seen participating in the daily life of the city whereas now women can walk on the streets and buy goods in the market. Many women are participating in some kind of development activity, such as literacy courses and vocational training, etc.
These positive changes in the life of women aside, there are still many challenges facing both the women and the NGOs working in Uruzgan. The fact remains that Uruzgan has been underserved by the central administration for many years. Health facilities, the educational system and the provincial administration have been neglected for a long time and as a result the province ranks amongst the poorest of all provinces in Afghanistan. The DCU focuses on the rehabilitation of the region through a multi sectorial approach. Every organization has its own specialty, such as agriculture, education, sanitation, animal husbandry and environment.
HealthNet TPO is responsible for the health component, in which four key issues are addressed:
Aim: Creating awareness among the population, empowering the people for psychosocial and mental problems. In addition, the psychiatric unit of the provincial hospital is developed further.
Main donor: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, World Health Organization.
Uruzgan is located in the Southern region of Afghanistan in the centre of the so called Pashtun tribal belt. The province is divided into seven Districts (Tarin Kowt, Deh Rahwod, Chora, Shahidi Hassas, Khas Urozgan,Chinarto and Ghizab) The provincial capital is Tarin Kowt which has a population of about 65,000 inhabitants. Uruzgan has an estimated total population of 300,000.