Health Action Plan For Afghanistan (HAPA)

Duration: 2015-2020

Location: Afghanistan

Reach: 1.26 million (619,250 women and girls; 640,750 men and boys)

Budget: $75.2 million (Global Affairs Canada: $55 million; Agence française de développement: $13.2 million; AKFC: $7 million)


The Health Action Plan for Afghanistan is a five-year, multi-donor initiative that aims to improve the health status of the population in three provinces (Badakhshan, Bamyan, and Baghlan), with a focus on women of reproductive age and children under five.

HAPA works at the national level with health education and training institutions and the Afghan Ministry of Public Health.

Program activities include:

  • Improving the quality and expanding the range of health services and institutions in remote and rural areas.
  • Strengthening availability and quality of health human resources.
  • Improving health practices among rural populations, especially in the area of nutrition.

Expected outcomes for this program include: improved quality and expanded range of health services in targeted areas of Afghanistan; strengthened availability and quality of health resources, with a focus on nursing and midwifery; and enhanced civil society engagement and capacity to support good health practices, with specific attention to gender and nutrition.

In 2016, the new Bamyan hospital opened its doors. HAPA provided funds for its construction and for the training of local medical professionals and community outreach programs.

The program aims to directly benefit more than 1.25 million people, including the 450,000 Afghans whom the new hospital serves.

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Progress Update: 2019

Program Overview