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Name: Organization for Development and Sustainable Services in Afghanistan (ODSSA)
Street 1: House No 105, Street 8, Kart-e-Se, District 6, Kabul City, Afghanistan
Street 2:
City: Kabul City
Province: Kabul
Post Code:
Country: Afghanistan
Phone: +93784018849
Organization Email:
Web Site:
Other Online Presence: Facebook Page

Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr
First Name: Akmal
Last Name: Nasrat
Title: Technical Director
Phone: +93731100023

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr
First Name: Ghulam Akbar
Last Name: Omar
Title: Program Coordinator

General Information

Board Constituency: None
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
If yes, please enter your registration number: 4308
Organization Type - Primary: Non-Governmental Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: Other Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
Organization Description:
Organization for Development and Sustainable Services in Afghanistan (ODSSA) is a non-governmental, non political and not for profit organization which is registered with Ministry of Economy under license number 4308. ODSSA is established in November 2017 with a vision of "Quality healthcare for all Afghans" and a mission of "Improving health status of all Afghans especially the women, children and most vulnerable with proposing and provision of high quality services identified through basic community need assessments".

Tuberculosis has been one of the key health problems in the country. Despite efforts from the NTP and stakeholders, Afghanistan is yet to detect the estimated number of incident TB cases. Every year, a high number of TB cases are missed to receive proper TB care services especially in the rural communities. Therefore, specific community led and health system based initiatives are required to respond to the identified gaps and increase the accessibility to assist NTP Afghanistan achieve its targets.

ODSSA's management staffs have lengthy background in working in TB control with both national and international organizations in Afghanistan. The technical director of ODSSA is a current member of the national TB Taskforce, member of the NTP technical committee, member of the NTP M&E committee and member of the DR TB treatment review panel. ODSSA is planning to assist NTP in developing outcome based strategies and interventions to successfully diagnose and treat TB patients, ultimately meeting the overall goal of TB free country.
Do you know about the UNHLM declaration: Yes

Specializations / Areas of Work

Civil Society and Community Engagement
Delivery of health services and care
Research and Development
Technical Assistance
Working on Community, Rights and Gender (CRG)
Working on Key Populations related to TB

Other Organization Information

Total number of staff in your organization: 11 - 25
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 6 - 10
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 6 - 10
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Involvement in TB control provision
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: Information on developments within the TB world
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:
ODSSA is a member of the national TB taskforce along with the national TB technical committee. ODSSA has been part of the policy and strategy development. In addition, ODSSA would assist NTP in proposing outcome based interventions with innovative ideas aligned with the NSP

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: Afghanistan
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)


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 has one of the highest TB burden in the EMRO region, ODSSA knows the importance of outcome based and population specific interventions including DOTS expansion if Afghanistan to achieve the set global targets. ODSSA would assist NTP in devising such strategies and interventions as ODSSA leads community level interventions where the gaps would be identified and viable solutions would be proposed accordingly. Moreover, ODSSA has included spreading of TB information (both for diagnosis and treatment) within its service provision activities at the community levels. The combined effect of these activities would result in an increased and effective TB care delivery to the most in need populations across the country.

Drug-Resistant TB:
NTP Afghanistan started PMDT in 2011 and was gradually expanded where the DR TB services are available in 5 regions of the country. NTP Afghanistan has embraced all the recent and rapid communications for successful management of DR TB including new diagnostics (LPA) along with new medications (Delamanid and Bedaquilin) and there have been certain progress and achievement as follows. However, still case notification is far below the target (less than 20% of estimated cases). Low awareness of health facility staffs on criteria for DR-TB suspect and weak sample transportation system from health facilities to RRLs have been among the major causes for such low case notification. Therefore, ODSSA would further improve the knowledge of the healthcare staffs on PMDT along with strengthening the sample transportation systems to leverage increased case notification for DR TB across the country.

Afghanistan has lower prevalence for HIV among both general population (<0.1 % in adult population) and confirmed TB patients (0.2%). NTP in collaboration with National AIDS Control Program (NACP) has started interventions to cope with TB/HIV co-infection during these 10 years with the focus on key populations such as inject drug users, females and males with high risk behavior, and for persons in congregate settings, such as prisons. Despite progress in recent years, still a higher number of TB patients are still missed to be tested for HIV. Therefore, ODSSA would advocate for scale up of HIV testing among confirmed TB patients and proposed viable solutions for such scale up.

ODSSA's core expertise is research. ODSSA would seek for evidence based information through incorporating research activities in all the proposed interventions to the donors. In addition, the research topics would be according to the existing gaps within the system halting achievements, where the results of the researches would induce proper policy changes for a wider impact.


Declaration of interests:
No conflicts of interest were delacred.

Application date: February 24, 2019
Last updated: February 24, 2019