As nearly 60 percent of the Syrian population was under the age of 26, the Health Programme was also working with community health, environmental health and disease prevention programmes including nutrition supplementation and immunisation to improve the wellness of the population. Nationally, through the Aga Khan University School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences and Department of Community Health, the Network provided technical assistance in nursing education, health administration, epidemiology, biostatistics and clinical pharmacy to address strategic needs in the country’s healthcare system.
Changing Health Practices
The Health Programme worked in collaboration with other AKDN programmes, Village Development Committees, local Health Committees and staff of the Ministry of Health’s Healthy Village Programme to design and implement behaviour change campaigns aimed at improving health status.
To build the capacity of public sector health care staff in areas of health promotion and disease prevention, the Health Programme trained Community Health Workers and Volunteers and Health Centre staff in behaviour change communication, client counselling, communication skills and monitoring and evaluation.
Working at all levels of the healthcare delivery system, the Health Programme implemented capacity-building initiatives as well as providing technical assistance, clinical and management training to staff and volunteers to ensure that improvements in health care delivery are sustainable.