Communities and local government complete three development projects in Bangi
Three development projects were completed in the remote district of Bangi in Takhar province
Over the past months, the local communities in Bangi district centre and in the villages of Merha, Afghan Qishlaq and Shingrabi actively contributed in three construction projects, a new maternity unit for Bangi Hospital, road repairs and maintenance between Merha and Afghan Qishlaq and a flood protection wall for Shingrabi.
For the building work and planning the local government departments received around AFN five million in funding and technical assistance from Germany. Today’s inauguration ceremony was hosted by Mr.HafizullahSaffi, Director of the Takhar Department of Public Health (DoPH), Eng. Raz Mohammad Faiz, Director of the Department of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (DRRD), and Mr. Mohammad Husain, Governor of Bangi district. They were joined by representatives from the Provincial Council and District Development Assembly (DDA), elders, religious leaders and more than 100 citizens involved in the construction works. Dr Frank Pohl, Development Commissioner from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), was at the ceremony representing German Cooperation with Afghanistan.
The new maternity unit for Bangi district hospital building includes an examination room and mothers’ care room and can provide standard healthcare for expecting mothers. The ward will also be able to concentrate on reducing child and mother mortality rates, which are still high in the province. To celebrate the opening, Mr.HafizullahSaffi said, “It is highly important that mothers-to-be get better health services in the remote district of Bangi. We are all happy that pregnant ladies can now be treated by experienced midwives and that we have state-of-the-art equipment for staff at the hospital to use.”
In close cooperation with the communities of Merha and Afghan Qishlaq, the DRRD made repairs to the road between the two villages. Equally, the flood protection wall in Shingrabi was also built with the contribution of the community involved and with the active support of the DRRD. The new stretch of road will make transporting people and goods between Merha and Afghan Qishlaq a lot easier and will also help improve economic and job prospects by connecting the villagers to more marketplaces. The new 130 metre flood protection wall now protects up to 200 families in Shingrabi against regular flooding in spring. Both projects were developed and initated by the Community Development Councils (CDC) and the DRRD in Takhar.
The District Development Committee (DDC) in Bangi prioritized all three projects and the Provincial Development Committee (PDC) approved them. At the inauguration ceremony, Eng. Raz Mohammad Faiz expressed thanks to the communities in Bangi Districts for their active participation in the building projects. He said, “These sorts of development projects encourage people in their communities to work together with their local institutions. This can greatly help improve relations between government and citizens.”
As part of the Afghan-German Cooperation program, the RCDF is implemented by Deutsche GesellschaftfürInternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The RCDF provides support for its Afghan partners’ development priorities both in the provinces and districts in six of Afghanistan’s northern provinces. At the same time, the RCDF provides training and coaching programs for civil servants. With its broad range of activities, the RCDF aims to increase Afghan ownership of the development process, strengthen Afghan state institutions in the provinces and promote transparency and inclusiveness.
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