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Razia's Ray of Hope

Razia Jan Institute

Razia Jan InstituteThe Razia Jan Institute is the first women’s post-secondary vocational school in rural Afghanistan. Opened in March 2017, the Razia Jan Institute (RJI) sits adjacent to the Zabuli Education Center, our thriving K-12 school in Deh’Subz currently providing free education to more than 650 Afghan girls.

RJI is a tuition-free, two-year midwifery training school that facilitates health-sector employment for Afghan women. In addition to midwifery training, RJI provides classes in English, personal finance, and computer literacy.

Beginning with its first class of certified graduates in March 2019, RJI matriculates 20 to 25 midwives every other year. These trained health care workers provide life-saving services to their community while improving social, health, and economic outcomes for themselves and their villages. RJI is the first post-secondary vocational school for women in the rural district of Deh’Subz.

In an overwhelmingly positive indicator of progressive change manifesting in the district we serve, students from our first two graduating classes were among the 22 students that comprised RJI's inaugural class.

The new facility includes a clinic where midwifery students train alongside doctors and midwives. In time, this medical facility will have an enormous impact on a severely medically-underserved area as there is no district hospital in Deh’Subz.

Solar panels are installed on the institute's roof, lapping up the rays, and white curtains embroidered with small blue butterflies festoon every window.
 
As required by the Afghan Ministry of Public Health, the facility is carpeted in order to minimize airborne dust (an essential strategy to safeguard hygiene in Afghanistan).

Razia Jan InstituteAdmission and Training

RJI admission is based on national admission policy and criteria: all candidates must have a minimum of 10 years of schooling and pass the national entrance exam. Each cohort enrolled in RJI’s midwifery program must undergo Ministry-certified classroom curriculum, as well as designated weekly medical practicums in area clinics and hospitals. In order to graduate and receive midwifery certification, each student must successfully support the delivery of 60 babies.

CURRICULUM

As required by the Afghan Ministry of Public Health, RJI’s curriculum is sectioned in three phases:

  • Phase 1: Pregnancy, labor, postnatal, and neonatal care;
  • Phase 2: Management of complications of pregnancy and childbirth;
  • Phase 3: Other reproductive health topics, management of service provision, and professional guidance.

ACCREDITATION

RJI is a member of the Afghan Midwives Association, the technical body for midwifery education, professional development, and policies, and is a member of key national and international forums, including:

  • Afghan National Reproductive Health and Human Resource Development Task Forces
  • Maternal Newborn Health Committee
  • Afghan Midwifery and Nursing Education Accreditation Board
  • International Confederation of Midwives

You can change lives—and save lives!—by joining our Midwifery Scholarship Program!

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