Australia supports Afghan women and children through schooling and health services

Media release

Bonn, Germany

6 December 2011

Australia is improving health and education for 300,000 people in Afghanistan's Uruzgan province through a project that will build schools and health centres, train teachers and midwives and treat children for malnutrition.

"In one of the world's most conflict-affected environments, this project is helping to build a healthier future for families, particularly women and children," Mr Rudd said.

The project will construct 20 new schools, half of which are for girls; train 250 women as teachers; immunise 6,000 children; and treat nearly 20,000 children for malnutrition.

"Uruzgan Province has some of the worst health indicators in the world and the literacy rate for women is less than one per cent," Mr Rudd said.

"This project therefore addresses a crying need and will bring essential services closer to communities, allowing Australia's support to improve the lives of 300,000 people."

The $36 million four-year project is funded by AusAID and run by Save the Children. Save the Children has a proven track record of delivery in conflict affected environments.

The partnership with Save the Children delivers on the recommendations of the Independent Review into Aid Effectiveness, ensuring effective aid delivery by making greater use of the capabilities in Australia's non-government sectors.

Mr Rudd is attending the International Conference on Afghanistan in Bonn, Germany.

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