22-year-old Sharifa is one of the thousands of Afghan mothers struggling to overcome the hurdles that are posed by a healthcare system weakened by decades of war, poor facilities, and social and cultural barriers that are difficult to break.
Noor-zia is 22 years old and lives in a village a few kilometres from Anabah, Afghanistan. Since 2010, we have been tending to her at our hospital.
Fortunately, Noor-zia knows how to read and write, and this helps when teaching her the proper amount of insulin to inject at pre-determined times, to keep her diabetes under control.
“Might it be possible to come work here with you?” she asked us, when she learned that we were expanding the Maternity Centre, inaugurated last month.
Today, she is one of our team as a cleaner, which allows her to put away money to continue to study and get her diploma. We are sure that, with her tenacity, Noor-zia will soon be a fantastic nurse.