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Organization Contact Information

Name: Afghan Community Research & Empowerment Organization for Development (ACREOD)
Street 1: House No. 110, Kart-e-Char Bus Stop
Street 2: Pul-e-Sorkh Road, District 3
City: Kabul City
Province: Kabul
Post Code:
Country: Afghanistan
Phone: +93 202504274
Email: acreod@gmail.com
Web Site:

Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr
First Name: Akmal
Last Name: Nasrat
Title: Program Coordinator
Email: acreod.anasrat@gmail.com
Phone: +93 700625544

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr.
First Name: Ghulam Akbar
Last Name: Omer
Title: Director
Email: acreod.omar@gmail.com
Phone: +93202504274

General Information

Board Constituency: Developing Country NGO
Organization Type - Primary: Non-Governmental Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: Other Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
Organization Reach: National
Organization Description:
Afghan Community Research & Empowerment Organization for Development (ACREOD) is a non-governmental, non-political and not for profit Afghan organization which is established in 2010 by experienced Afghan team in developmental projects. ACREOD’s vision is “Sustainable Development and Civil Rights available to all Afghans” and mission is “A dedicated firm to operate evidence based interventions for stable improvement in life of Afghan communities particularly the women, the children, tribal minorities, nomads and the most vulnerable”. ACREOD’s team long experiences in TB control management has attracted National TB control program (NTP) and national and international organizations to work jointly with ACREOD. During years 2010, 2011 and 2012, under TB REACH Grants, ACREOD initiated active TB Case finding among IDPs/Returnees, prisoners and Household Contacts whom have been deprived from basic TB services and among adult attendance of health facilities in Kandahar and Paktia provinces of the country.
Since Tuberculosis constitutes the major and premier health issue in Afghanistan and ACREOD’s technical team has had long lasting experience in TB control, ACREOD remains pledged to eradicate the preventable and curable deadly disease along with the valuable cooperation from international anti-tuberculosis societies. As ACREOD has professional TB team, ACREOD’s contributions will strengthen TB control activities in the country.
Currently, with support from TB REACH Grants, ACREOD is implementing project “Innovation towards zero TB deaths among children” in 15 hospitals of Kabul City. Under this project, ACREOD equipped the project’s core hospital (Indra Gandhi Institute for Child Health Care) with Digital X-ray Machine and LED microscopic laboratory.
ACREOD is looking for donors' support to further assist NTP in implementation of National TB Strategic Plan.
 
Total number of staff in your organization: 11 - 25
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 11 - 25
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
 
What is your organization's annual budget (USD) dedicated to TB? $100,001-$500,000
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Stop TB communications
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who:
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Network with other partners
 
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: Afghanistan
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: Yes
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
Since ACREOD feels the essentials of coordination with NTP, ACREOD’s all activities are completely in line with National TB strategic plan of Afghanistan because ACREOD is keen to see the plan be administered and the goals be achieved. In addition, at provincial level, ACREOD is a member of TB Taskforce Committee where ACREOD well coordinates its activities with NTP’s provincial teams and other stakeholders.
 

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: Afghanistan
Which WHO region is the main focus of your work: Eastern Mediterranean
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)
Afghanistan

Specializations

Advocacy
Delivery of health services and care
Research and Development
Technical Assistance

Specializations in Countries

Advocacy Afghanistan
Delivery of health services and care Afghanistan
Research and Development Afghanistan
Technical Assistance Afghanistan

Contribution

Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

TB Care Delivery:
Since Afghanistan is among the 22 highest TB burden countries and the majority of new detected TB cases are drug susceptible, ACREOD knows the importance of DOTS expansion in the country if Afghanistan is guided towards the set global targets. ACREOD supports DOTS five components and DOTS propagation in the community which constitutes the essential element in DOTS implementation as part of ACSM activities. Since TB services with its effective treatments are free of charge, the organization uses the anthem and propagates it among the community that only effective treatment will avoid both TB and its complications. ACREOD is implemented the project, titled, “increase case detection through innovative approaches” among IDPs/Returnees, prisoners, TB patients' household contacts and health facilities’ attendance who have received the least attentions in terms of TB care services. The project has incorporated ASCM activities (DOTS implementation) within its framework because it was highly sensible among the target groups because they lack the essential information related TB and its management. These health messages were delivered through project employed health educators. The consequences of incorporating such ACSM activities in the form of DOTS expansion within the project are highly perceivable since the keen interest of TB patients has increased and they cooperate by themselves in taking their treatment which could finally end in approaching the global plan.

Drug-Resistant TB:
Among all the communities emerging of Drug Resistant TB will not be far beyond thinking because anywhere TB mismanagement will lead to drug resistant TB. Afghanistan also accounts for an unknown number of drug resistant TB who lives in the community and endangers others’ lives. As globally, one of the most important constraints to rapid expansion of diagnosis and treatment for DR-TB is laboratory capacity. Therefore, it would be a dream if we find all the DR-TB in Afghan communities with their limited laboratory facilities. Besides, management of DR-TB is very costly which is outside of the affording of health authorities. Since addressing the abovementioned constraints needs high levels of coordination and cooperation, ACREOD, as an Afghan national NGO, will only contribute to reduce the forthcoming numbers of DR-TB through its proper community awareness about mismanagement of TB, stopping TB treatment and drug resistant TB and its complications more importantly death . ACREOD supports international collaboration in identifying, diagnosing and effectively treating DR-TB through strengthening basic TB care, development of laboratory capacity for diagnosis, establishment of comprehensive patient management and care programs, effective collaboration with HIV programs, strengthening of health information and surveillance systems and acceleration of research and development related to new tools for prevention, diagnosis and treatment as all the mentioned efforts have been defined as effective tools to reach the global plan. Finally, DR-TB management and reduction need specific considerations by both national and international communities.

TB-HIV:
Since TB/HIV is a nowadays deep thoughtful issue, ACREOD based on its technical merit and proficiency has trained and established specialists in the relevant subject, therefore, ACREOD is ready to offer its manpower in case funding is available to work in coordination with donor agencies and control the two joint deadly contagious diseases.

Research:
Since the health system differs across the countries, a standard as research must be set so that the proposed interventions must meet health system standards and are implemented smoothly in country level conditions. ACREOD is very technical in researches because research is the cross-cutting expertise of this team and ACREOD believes that proper program-based operational researches are very necessary if optimizing TB control and determining the best ways of implementing and monitoring interventions are planned because operational research will result in a productive policy making, better design and implementation of health system components and more effective ways of service delivery. ACREOD based on its proficiency prefers to strengthen operational research within its project implementation if proper funding is available because ACREOD considers the necessity of applying established and country wide accepted interventions. During its project implementation, ACREOD performs some activities as part of research as: analyses the extent and nature of ongoing health services along with their problems and assess the efficiency and cost effectiveness of new innovative approaches which ACREOD mainly deals with during every project implementation. Therefore, ACREOD strongly supports operational researches projects to address local problems and recommend appropriate solutions, involving partners at all steps.

Declaration

Declaration of interests:
No conflicts of interest were delacred.

Application date: December 7, 2010
Last updated: July 13, 2016