Razia's Ray of Hope

Razia Jan Institute

Delivering hope

The 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.

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

Beginning with the first class of certified midwives that graduated in March 2019, RJI will continue to matriculate 20 to 25 midwives every other year. These trained community health care workers provide life-saving services to a severely medically-underserved area while improving social, health, and economic outcomes for themselves and their villages.

The new facility includes a clinic where midwifery students train alongside doctors and midwives. 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).


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.

In a significant indication of progressive change, students from the Zabuli Education Center's first two classes of high-school graduates were among the students that comprised RJI's inaugural class.


Each cohort 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.

The two-year curriculum:

  • 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.


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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