Baghlan to receive AFN 40 million in new infrastructure from Germany
This week, the German Government earmarked AFN 40 million in funding and technical support for three infrastructure projects in the province of Baghlan. On 16th September, the Arakesh Basic Health Centre in the district of Nahreen was inaugurated by Baghlan’s Department of Public Health (DoPH). In Pul-e-Khumri, two new construction projects will start. A new public library will be built by the Department of Information and Culture (DoIC), and construction will begin of an annex building with waiting and guard rooms for the Provincial Council Baghlan.
In Arakesh, the Basic Health Centre has 9 rooms for examination, treatment, child delivery, vaccinations and a pharmacy department. Construction of the new healthcare building finished at the end of July 2014. The new facilities will offer proper basic healthcare services for up to 15,000 citizens in Nahreen. Instead of having to cover long distances to hospitals in urban centres, the district population can now get quicker treatment for common cases, such as child delivery and malnutrition.
The public library being built by the DoIC for Baghlan will be open to more than 200,000 people in the province. In particular, male and female students of the universities and teachers will be able to find books easily and free of any charge. The three-story library building has two reading halls, a museum, five women’s and men’s toilets, a kitchen and a youth training centre, where young people can come to take advantage of training opportunities. The library also plays a key role for educational institutions by providing books and space for pupils and students to do their homework in a safe and peaceful learning environment.
The new guard houses and visitor waiting rooms for the Provincial Council in Baghlan will be built by the request of the council. The new annex building will afford greater security for citizens wishing to meet with members of the council. The waiting room will also provide information for visitors on where to find the services they need and when.
The decision to carry out the three projects was made by the Provincial Development Committee (PDC) in Baghlan. Technical support came from the Regional Capacity Development Fund (RCDF) Baghlan, which is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
As part of German Cooperation with Afghanistan, the RCDF is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The RCDF supports the development priorities of its Afghan partners on the provincial and district level in six northern provinces of Afghanistan and also provides training and coaching programs for civil servants. With its broad range of activities, RCDF aims to increase Afghan ownership of the development process, strengthen Afghan state institutions on the sub-national level and promote transparency and inclusiveness.
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