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Abdul Malek Faize

Reproductive Health National Program Officer at UNFPA

Dr Faize graduated in 2003 from Kabul Medical University and started his professional journey from a medical doctor in a Basic Health Center in a remote village of Afghanistan with MSF. Later got a job with IMC as Provincial Training Coordinator and after 4 years field work experience he got a job with Aga Khan Health Service as a Community Health National Program officer.

While working at Aga Khan he was responsible for community health programs of 3 provinces and also served as a core Member of National Community Based Health Care Task force. After 3 years he joined UNICEF in 2008 in capacity of Provincial Program Officer. During this period he took a leading role in initiating the Maternity Waiting Rooms in health facilities with EoC services to improve access to SBA. This intervention led to many lives being saved by having safe delivery in Daikundi province one of the remotest provinces In Afghanistan. Dr Faize also established Community Midwifery Education School in the same province and enrolled 25 young girls from remote villages to become midwife and safe life of mothers and children.

Since March 2011 he is working as Reproductive Health Program officer of UNFPA. He has successfully integrated the adolescent and youth programs through online counselling and distribution of information to youth and adolescent on SRH. Since 2013 his portfolio is now focused on family planning.

Dr Faize has managed to mobilize around 800 influential religious leaders from around the country through a national conference to sign a declaration in support of family planning which was a great achievement for MOPH also FP considered as a strategic intervention of Ministry Of Women Affairs strategy. Through this advocacy family planning has been officially integrated in family law of Afghanistan.